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Buddleja asiatica Lour. (Buddlejaceae / Scrophulariaceae), locally called Malasambung or Sambong-gala; English Dogtail or Butterfly Bush, is an erect, tender deciduous branched shrub growing 1-2 meters high. Branches and lower surfaces of the leaves are densely hairy, soft and smooth to the touch. Leaves are lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, pointed at the base, tapering to a sharp and pointed tip, and toothed at the margins. Flowers are white, sweetly scented, 3.5-4 mm long, hairy and borne in large numbers on ample panicles which grow up to 15 cm long. Fruit is a reflexed capsule, oblong, and about as long as the flower.
Found in a pilgrimage ground on a hill adjacent to a vast pasture land in Alfonso Cavite, just outside Tagaytay. Distribution: Endemic to a vast area of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Guinea, and the Philippines, growing in open woodland at elevations < 2,800 m either as understorey scrub, or as a small tree. In the Philippines, it is found in thickets and recently cleared places at medium altitudes, sometimes at sea level and up to 2,000 meters, from northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao.