In harsh veld when rain stays away, young stem tip leaves of Buddleja salviifolia will show these signs of battling the elements. Smaller, more curled down and less green than well-watered plants, they are reduced to only a few near each stem tip. Large bushes growing in these conditions will have hundreds of such leafy clusters with much branched bare stem showing through in-between.
The leaves do retain some appeal although stressed. Curving down length-wise, their margins tend to curve down as well. The white lower leaf surfaces show lacy venation protruding, the yellow green upper ones are quilted, the veins sunken; features also present on thriving leaves, although they would be greener in colour.
The leaves right at the tip stay folded for a time in pale torch-like fashion. The opposite leaf bases have no stalks (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).