Buddleja scordioides

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Buddleja scordioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. scordioides
Binomial name
Buddleja scordioides
Kunth
Synonyms
  • Buddleja scordioides Kunth var. capitata Watson

Buddleja scordioides is endemic to central Arizona, southeastern New Mexico, southwestern Texas, and the Chihuahua Desert of Mexico, growing amidst xeric thorn-scrub on alkaline soils at elevations of 600 – 2,500 m. The species was first named and described by Kunth in 1818. [1] [2]

Description[edit]

B. scordioides is a weedy dioecious shrub 0.3 – 1.2 m tall with shredding bark. The young branches are subquadrangular and tomentose, bearing small oblong to linear membranaceous grayish-green leaves 1 – 3 cm long by 0.3 – 0.8 cm wide, rugose above, and tomentose on both surfaces. The sage - scented lemon - yellow leafy inflorescences are 2 – 10 cm long, comprising 3 – 15 pairs of sessile clusters, each with 15 – 20 flowers, the corollas 1.5 – 2 mm long. Ploidy: 2n = 38.[2][3]

Cultivation[edit]

The species is not known to be in cultivation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kunth, in Humboldt, Bonpland, and Kunth. (1818). Nov. gen. sp., ed. fol. 2:278 ed. quar. 2:345, t183, 1818.
  2. ^ a b Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA
  3. ^ Norman. E.M. Buddlejaceae, Butterfly Bush Family. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 26:5-6. 1992.