Buddleja parviflora

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Buddleja parviflora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. parviflora
Binomial name
Buddleja parviflora
Kunth
Synonyms
  • Buddleja abbreviata Kunth
  • Buddleja brevifolia Willd. ex Schultes & Schultes
  • Buddleja gracilis Kunth
  • Buddleja intermedia Kunth
  • Buddleja lanceolata Benth.
  • Buddleja ligustrina Loes.
  • Buddleja microphylla Kunth
  • Buddleja monticola Loes.
  • Buddleja obtusifolia Martens & Galeotti
  • Buddleja venusta Kunth

Buddleja parviflora is large dioecious shrub or small tree endemic to much of upland Mexico north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in forests at elevations of 750 – 3500 m. The species was first named and described by Kunth in 1818. [1] [2]

Description[edit]

B. parviflora grows to a height of <10 m in the wild, with a trunk < 20 cm in diameter; the bark blackish and exfoliating. The young branches are subquadrangular and tomentose, bearing opposite subcoriaceous leaves of variable shape, 3 – 12 cm long by 1 – 4.5 cm wide. The white to greenish-white inflorescences are paniculate, 3 – 18 cm long by 2 – 12 cm comprising 2 – 3 orders of branches subtended by small leaves and bearing small cymules with 3 – 5 tiny flowers, the campanulate corollas 1 – 1.5 mm long. Ploidy: 2n = 76. [2]

Cultivation[edit]

The species is uncommon in cultivation. Hardiness: USDA zones 8–9. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kunth, in Humboldt, Bonpland, and Kunth. (1818). Nov. gen. sp., ed. fol. 2:284, ed. quar. 2:353
  2. ^ a b Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81, pp. 135 - 141. New York Botanical Garden, USA
  3. ^ Stuart, D. (2006). Buddlejas. Plant Collector Guide. Timber Press, Oregon, USA. ISBN 978-0-88192-688-0