Indoor Oak
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Indoor Oak
P Introduced Unknown Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Indoor Oak
Botanical name: Buddleja indica    Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Synonyms: Buddleja diversifolia, Buddleja nepalensis, Nicodemia diversifolia

Indoor Oak is a small, compact, evergreen shrub native to Madagascar. The bushy plants will reach up to 45 cm tall with a spreading habit. The dark metallic green leaves have scalloped edges. The leaves are opposite, smooth, and dark green, ranging from 2-5 cm long by 2-5 cm wide, occasionally with leaf-stalks about 3-10 mm long. The leaf shape, as implied by one of its species name diversifolia, is extremely variable, from round to oak-like. The small clusters of sparse and insignificant greenish yellow to yellow or white flowers are borne in leaf axils at branch-ends.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Botanical Garden of Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab.

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