Buddleja suaveolens is endemic to central Chile, growing mostly in rocky areas along rivers at elevations of 500 – 2,900 m. The species was first named and described by Kunth and Bouché in 1845.
Buddleja suaveolens is a dioecious shrub 1 – 4 m tall, with grey fissured bark and persistent dead naked branches. The young branches are yellow, terete and tomentulose, bearing small sessile, elliptic to oblong subcoriaceous leaves, 0.5 – 3 cm long by 0.2 – 1 cm wide, glabrescent above but tomentose below. The yellowish orange leafy inflorescences comprise one terminal and 2 – 7 pairs of heads in the axils of the upper leaves, each head approximately 1 cm in diameter, with 6 – 20 flowers; the corollas 5 mm long.
The species is not known to be in cultivation.
- Kunth & Bouche (1845). Ann. Sci. Nat. 5: 358. 1846
- Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA