Buddleja sphaerocalyx

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

Buddleja sphaerocalyx is a species of flowering plant endemic to Madagascar. It grows in moist forests, principally along river banks, at altitudes of 300 – 2,200 m.[1] The species was named and described in 1887 by Baker.[2]

Description[edit]

B. sphaerocalyx is a sarmentose shrub 2 – 3 m in height, the branchlets obscurely quadrangular, bearing opposite, connate-perfoliate leaves, 10 – 21 cm long by 3.0 – 11 cm wide, narrowly ovate, acuminate at the apex, and narrowing abruptly at the base; the margins irregularly crenate - dentate. The white inflorescences comprise solitary axillary flowers 4 – 10 cm long by 1.5 – 6 cm wide; the corollas 8.5 – 20 mm long.

B. sphaerocalyx is closely allied to B. axillaris and B. cuspidata.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

B. sphaerocalyx is not known to be in cultivation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leeuwenberg, A. J. M. (1979). The Loganiceae of Africa XVIII - Buddleja LII, Revision of the African & Asiatic species. H. Veenman & Zonen B. V., Wageningen, Nederland. 79 - 6 (1979).
  2. ^ Baker, J. G. Journ. Linn. Soc. 22: 505. 1887