Buddleja soratae

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Buddleja soratae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. soratae
Binomial name
Buddleja soratae
Kraenzl.

Buddleja soratae is a rare species endemic to one small area of Bolivia around Sorata, growing along forest edges at altitudes of 2,700 - 3,200 m; it was first described and named by Kraenzlin in 1913.[1] [2]

Description[edit]

B. soratae is a dioecious shrub or small tree 5 – 6 m high. The younger branches are quadrangular, the youngest sections tomentose, bearing membranaceous lanceolate to elliptic leaves with 0.5 – 1 cm petioles, and are 7 – 14 cm long by 2 – 4 cm wide, glabrescent above but tomentose below. The orange leafy-bracted inflorescences are 12 – 15 cm long by 10 – 15 cm wide, comprising 2 – 3 orders of branches bearing cymes of 6 – 9 flowers on peduncles 0.5 – 1  cm long. [2]

B. soratae is considered very similar to B. cardanasii and B. multiceps, differing from the latter only in the shape of the leaves.[2]

Cultivation[edit]

The shrub is not known to be in cultivation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kraenzlin, F. W. L. (1913). Bot. Jahrb Syst. 50: Beibl. 111, 47. 1913
  2. ^ a b c Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA