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BUDDLEJA

(Buddleja madagascariensis, fam. Buddlejaceae)

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Straggling shrub to 6m, young plants and branchlets covered in white short matted hairs, older stems covered in rust or yellow hairs. Robust root system.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Opposite

Opposite, simple, ovate-oblong, 70-150 x 20-50mm, apex tapers to a point, base rounded or heart-shaped, dark green and hairless above, dense white or yellow hairs below, stalk 15-25mm, margins entire.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Yellow, orange or salmon
Flower description:Yellow, orange or salmon flowers in sprays up to 250mm long.
Fruit conspicuous: Unknown
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Fruit description: Plants cultivated in Australia are sterile, no fruit or seeds have been found.
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Origin:Madagascar
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Broken stem fragments, garden waste.
Invades/threats: Riverine communities, readily climbs over established plants, high into the canopy.
Notes: Garden escapee, persists in old gardens. Very large infestation present on Cattle Creek near Gargett.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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