7144.000 Lantana L.

Description of the genus

Erect, sometimes climbing, shrubs or (less often) herbs or trees. Stems prickly or unarmed. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3(-4), aromatic, toothed, usually glandular-punctate. Flowers sessile in often colourful, usually axillary, pedunculate heads or spike-like inflorescences; each flower subtended by an ovate to lanceolate acuminate bract. Calyx small, membranous. Corolla very variable in colour, red, yellow, purple, blue, mauve or white, sometimes bicoloured with throat yellow to orange, often changing colour after fertilisation, salver-shaped with narrowly cylindric tube; limb obscurely 2-lipped, 4-5-lobed. Stamens 4. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit a fleshy drupe.

Derivation of name: Ancient name for the genus Viburnum, which the genus resembles.

Worldwide: 150 species, mostly tropical America but with a few in tropical and southern Africa

Malawi: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angolensis MoldenkeCDescription, Image
camara L.N,C,SDescription, Image
trifolia L.N,C,SImage
ukambensis (Vatke) Verdc.N,CDescription, Image
viburnoides (Forssk.) Vahl subsp. richardii R. Fern.N

Other sources of information about Lantana:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Lantana
Flora of Caprivi: Lantana
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Lantana
Flora of Mozambique: Lantana
Flora of Zambia: Lantana
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Lantana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lantana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Lantana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lantana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lantana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lantana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lantana
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Lantana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lantana
JSTOR Plant Science: Lantana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lantana
Plants of the World Online: Lantana
Tropicos: Lantana
Wikipedia: Lantana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Lantana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1202, retrieved 21 May 2024

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