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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Lantana strigocamara   FAMILY Verbenaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lantana camara   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 162-05-002:
Lantana camara   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lantana camara

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Lantana, Hedgeflower


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image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Keith Bradley    kab_lantana_camara_2161

June    Polk County    NC

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Keith Bradley    kab_lantana_camara_76996

July    Miami-Dade County    FL

Flat, compact, 1" clusters of small variously-colored flowers, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Keith Bradley    kab_lantana_camara_77017

July    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Keith Bradley    kab_lantana_camara_77034

July    Miami-Dade County    FL

This is probably Africa's most widespread terrestrial invasive plant, per BioNET-EAFRINET.

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org    bug_5286006

Month Unknown        HI

Notoriously poisonous and deaths have been reported throughout its range, per The Lantana Mess, A Critical Look at the Genus in Florida (Hammer, 2004).

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org    bug_5286041

Month Unknown        

In some African countries, possession can result in fines, jail & beatings, per The Lantana Mess, A Critical Look at the Genus in Florida (Hammer, 2004).

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org     bug_5287049

Month Unknown        

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org    bug_5287071

Month Unknown        

The leaves are pointed ovals w teeth along the leaf edges & a rough surface, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

image of Lantana strigocamara, Common Lantana, Hedgeflower

Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5489116

Month Unknown        

Shiny green-black fruits form throughout the year & are dispursed by birds, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Lantana strigocamara   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lantana camara   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 162-05-002:
Lantana camara   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lantana camara

 

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795

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: of garden hybrid origin

Common in GA Coastal Plain, uncommon in SC Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Habitat: Disturbed areas, especially near the coast, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems armed with recurved prickles on the angles

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Pink/Orange/Yellow/Lavender
Bilaterally symmetrical
Obscurely 2-4 lobed calyx
4-lobed salverform corolla
4 included stamens, attached to corolla tube

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Black/Blue-black

 

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