Buddleja indica


in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 1: 513. 1785. (as Budleia)

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.


Introduced; 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.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

... more about "Buddleja indica"
Eliane Meyer Norman +
Lamarck +
Oak-leaved butterfly bush +  and parlor-oak +
Fla. +, Indian Ocean Islands (Comoro Islands +, Madagascar +  and Mascarene Islands). +
0–10 m. +
Scrub, roadsides. +
Flowering and fruiting year-round. +
in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. +
Introduced +
Chilianthus +  and Nicodemia +
Buddleja indica +
Buddleja +
species +