Buddleja microstachya

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Buddleja microstachya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. microstachya
Binomial name
Buddleja microstachya
E. D. Liu

Buddleja microstachya is a small shrub discovered in 2005 by Liu and Peng in Yunnan, China, growing at an elevation of 3,200 m in rocky terrain of the Yongde Mountains Nature Reserve.[1] First described in 2006, this putative species was not included in Leeuwenberg's study of Asiatic and African buddleja published in 1979.[2]

Description[edit]

B. microstachya grows to 1 –2  m in height in the wild. The branchlets are quadrangular and densely tomentose, the bark of old branches peeling. The leaves are lanceolate, 1.5 – 5.0  cm long by 0.5 – 1.3  cm wide, tomentose above, densely tomentose below. The small terminal inflorescences consist of 2 or 3 flowers forming a cyme, several cymes forming a compact panicle. The corolla is lavender to white, cylindrical, 4 – 6  mm long and densely tomentose outside.[1]

B. microstachya most closely resembles B. yunnanensis but differs in flower morphology and has a very isolated range, whereas B. yunnanensis has a wide distribution.

Cultivation[edit]

B. microstachya is not known to be in cultivation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liu, E.D. & Peng, H. (2006). Buddleja microstachya (Buddleajaceae), a new species from SW Yunnan, China. Ann. Bot. Fenn. 43: 463–465.
  2. ^ Leeuwenberg, A. J. M. (1979) The Loganiaceae of Africa XVIII Buddleja L. II, Revision of the African & Asiatic species. H. Veenman & Zonen, Wageningen, Nederland.