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Panicled Butterfly Bush   
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Panicled Butterfly Bush
ative Photo: Amit Kumar
Common name: Panicled Butterfly Bush
Botanical name: Buddleja paniculata    Family: Buddlejaceae (Butterfly-bush family)

Panicled Butterfly Bush is a shrub or small tree with peeling bark. It has fragrant, pale mauve, pink or white flowers in short dense spikes arranged in large leafy branched clusters at the end of branches. Flowers are up to 8 mm long, flower-tube very densely woolly-haired, with orange throat, with 4 spreading rounded petals. Sepal cup is urn-shaped, woolly-haired, with rounded sepals. Leaves are very variable, mostly 10-18 cm long, those at the end of branches are oblong-lanceshaped entire, lower ones are arrow- shaped and deeply toothed. Young branched and leaves are very densely covered with red-brown hairs. Panicled Butterfly Bush is found in the Himalayas, from W. Nepal to Bhutan, at altitudes of 900-2400 m. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Amit Kumar
Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
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