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Butterfly Bush

Buddleja asiatica


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.



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Hi Victoria17! Yes, it is the Monte Maria Shrine at Alfonso Cavite, just outside Tagaytay.

Victoria17 3 years ago

Good evening po ma'am agnes Yung Monte Maria po ba na tinutukoy niyo Yung shrine po?

I do not know Christian Paul if this is available for sale from plant growers and vendors. I found it in Monte Maria near Tagaytay 4 years ago, so I am not sure if it is still there. You may want to visit the place to check if you have time.

Christian Paul
Christian Paul 3 years ago

Hiii hinahanap po namin iyang plant na yan for research. Meron po kaya niyan nag titinda for our research about silver nano synthesis using buddleja extract

Cavite, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 25, 2014
Submitted on Dec 21, 2015

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