Buddleja salviifolia (L.) Lam.

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Buddleja salviifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Buddleja salviifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Buddleja salviifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Buddleja aurantiaco-maculata Gilg
Lantana salviifolia L.
Common names: Sagewood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with drooping branches. Stipules leaf-like. Leaves opposite, lanceolate, grey-green above and with a typically wrinkled appearance (reminiscent of the cultivated Sage, Salvia officinalis L., from which the species name is derived), greyish white below. Flowers in large terminal, pyramidal heads, creamy white, lilac or purple; sweetly scented. Fruit an ovoid capsule, 4-5 mm long, protruding about halfway from the persistent calyx.
Derivation of specific name: salviifolia: leaves like Salvia
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania to South Africa.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 117. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 871. As Buddleja salvifolia (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 940. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 38.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 343.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 36.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 550 - 551. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 66 - 67. as Buddleia species? (this likely refers to B. salviifolia) (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 116.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 258 - 259. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 304 - 305. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 338 - 339. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Flora of Malawi: Buddleja salviifolia
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Flora of Zambia: Buddleja salviifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Buddleja salviifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Buddleja salviifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Buddleja salviifolia
African Plant Database: Buddleja salviifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Buddleja salviifolia
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Tropicos: Buddleja salviifolia
Wikipedia: Buddleja salviifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Buddleja salviifolia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144570, retrieved 25 May 2024

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