Buddleja skutchii is endemic to much of the sierras of Central America, growing mostly in pine-oak forest, also in cloud forest, and in shrubby secondary growth. The species was first named and described by Morton in 1935.
Buddleja skutchii is a dioecious tree 5 – 25 m tall, with brown to blackish fissured bark. The young branches are quadrangular and tomentose, bearing lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate leaves 6 – 20 cm long by 2 – 10 cm wide, membranaceous to subcoriaceous, glabrescent above, below with adpressed indumentum, the margins entire. The yellow to orange paniculate leafy-bracted inflorescences are 8 – 15 cm long by 8 – 20 cm wide, comprising 3 – 4 orders of branches bearing small cymules 0.4 – 0.6 cm in diameter, each with 3 – 15 flowers. Ploidy: 2n = 76.
Two subspecies have been identified by Norman:
- Buddleja skutchii C. V. Morton subsp. skutchii E. M. Norman (syn. Buddleja matudae Standl.)
- Buddleja skutchii C. V. Morton subsp. costaricensis E. M. Norman
- Morton, C. V. (1935). Phytologia 1:148 – 149, 1935.
- Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA