Buddleja marrubiifolia


in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 10: 441. 1846.

Common names: Woolly butterfly bush
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 330. Mentioned on page 327, 328.

Shrubs, 5–20 dm. Stems much-branched, tomentose. Leaves: stipular lines faint; petiole 3–5 mm; blade grayish, ovate to rhombic, 1–6 × 1–2.5 cm, base cuneate, acute, or attenuate, margins crenate, apex obtuse or rounded, surfaces densely tomentose. Inflorescences terminal, capitate, 1–1.5 × 0.8–1.2 cm, cymes 1, 5–25-flowered. Pedicels essentially absent; bracteoles absent. Flowers fragrant; calyx tomentulose externally, tube 2–3.5 mm, lobes 1–1.5 mm; corolla deep yellow (turning orange), salverform, tube 3–4.5 mm, lobes orbiculate, 1–1.5 × 1.5–2 mm; stamens inserted in distal 1/3 of corolla tube, included in tube; ovary ovoid, 1–1.5 mm, distal 1/2 glandular-tomentose; stigma clavate, slightly 2-lobed at apex, 0.6–1 mm. Fruits capsules, brown, oblong-ovoid, 3–4 × 1.5–2 mm, glandular-tomentulose at apex, dehiscence septicidal and loculicidal. Seeds ellipsoid, 1–1.3 × 0.2–0.3 mm, wings short at chalazal end. 2n = 38.

Phenology: Flowering Feb–Aug; fruiting Jul–Oct.
Habitat: Limestone cliffs and canyons.
Elevation: 600–1300 m.


Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas).


Buddleja marrubiifolia is found with Agave lechuguilla, Dasylirion leiophyllum, and Fouquieria splendens. In Mexico, it is found growing at elevations to 2300 m. Although cultivated in Arizona and Hawaii, it does not appear to have escaped in either state.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

... more about "Buddleja marrubiifolia"
Eliane Meyer Norman +
Bentham +
Woolly butterfly bush +
Tex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Durango +, Hidalgo +, Nuevo León +, San Luis Potosí +, Tamaulipas +  and Zacatecas). +
600–1300 m. +
Limestone cliffs and canyons. +
Flowering Feb–Aug +  and fruiting Jul–Oct. +
in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. +
Illustrated +
Chilianthus +  and Nicodemia +
Buddleja marrubiifolia +
Buddleja +
species +