Buddleja indica

Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al.

Encycl. 1: 513. 1785

Common names: Oak-leaved butterfly bush parlor-oak
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 329. Mentioned on page 328.
Shrubs, 5–20 dm. Stems branched, brown-tomentose when young, glabrescent. Leaves: stipules absent; petiole 3–10 mm; blade orbiculate to elliptic, 3–6 × 2–5 cm, base cuneate, margins crenate to undulate, apex rounded, surfaces glabrous except veins abaxially. Inflorescences axillary, rarely terminal, paniculate, 2–3.5 × 1–2 cm, cymes 1–3, 5–7-flowered. Pedicels essentially absent; bracteoles present. Flowers not fragrant; calyx tomentose externally, tube 1.5–2.5 mm, lobes 1–2 mm; corolla greenish yellow, salverform, tube 7–8 mm, lobes broadly ovate, 2–2.5 × 1.2–1.5 mm; stamens inserted near orifice of corolla tube, included in tube; ovary ovoid or ellipsoid, 1–1.5 mm, tomentose; stigma capitate, 0.5 mm. Fruits berries, white, ovoid, 12–15 × 5–7 mm, glandular-pubescent, indehiscent. Seeds ovoid, 2–2.5 × 1.5–2 mm, wings absent. 2n = 76.

Phenology: Flowering and fruiting year-round.
Habitat: Scrub, roadsides.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


Fla., Indian Ocean Islands (Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Mascarene Islands).


Buddleja indica was first collected in Florida in 1998; it is now found in Broward, Martin, and Palm Beach counties. It is often cultivated, especially in greenhouses in temperate regions.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.