Enum. Pl. 1: 159. 1809.
Shrubs or trees, 5–50 dm. Stems much-branched, lepidote when young. Leaves: stipular lines faint; petiole 2–10 mm; blade narrowly elliptic to linear, 6–15 × 0.4–3 cm, base cuneate or decurrent, margins entire, apex acute to acuminate, abaxial surface appressed-tomentose, adaxial glabrate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, broadly paniculate, 8–14 × 10–16 cm, cymes 5–7 pairs, 15–60-flowered, cymules 3–5-flowered. Pedicels present; bracteoles present or absent. Flowers fragrant; calyx lepidote externally, tube 0.5–1 mm, lobes 0.2–0.3 mm; corolla white, campanulate-rotate, tube 1–1.2 mm, lobes suborbiculate, 1–1.5 × 0.7–1 mm; stamens inserted medially in corolla tube, exserted from tube; ovary ovoid, 0.5–0.8 mm, sparsely lepidote; stigma capitate, 0.2 mm. Fruits capsules, brown, oblong, 1.5–2.5 × 0.8–1 mm, sparsely lepidote, dehiscence primarily septicidal. Seeds ovoid, 1–1.4 × 0.4–0.6 mm, wings short at both ends.
Phenology: Flowering May–Sep; fruiting Jul–Oct.
Habitat: Roadsides, disturbed chaparral, banks of canyons.
Elevation: 400–1200 m.
Introduced; Calif., Africa (Republic of South Africa), introduced also in Pacific Islands (Hawaii), Australia.
Buddleja saligna is established in Los Angeles County, where it was first collected in 1965 (Fuller 13379, CDA). It was originally reported for California under the illegitimate name Chilianthus oleaceous Burchell.