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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Lantana camara

Scientific Name Lantana camara
Common Name Wild sage
Family Verbenaceae
Info "Family Name:Verbenaceae Summary: A vibrant plant with a distinct odor, this ornamental perennial species is now an invasive affecting parts of the United States and countries around the world. Nativity/Habitat: Native to Mexico, the Caribbean and the Northwest region of South America. It has now naturalized to many tropical areas around the globe. Morphology/Physiology: -Foliage: Leaves are ovate and oppositely arranged with a rough texture. -Trunk/Branches: Grows to at least 6 feet high. -Flower: Clustered at the tips of stems and multicolored ranging from pink to white or red to orange and yellow. Mature plants tend to have darker flowers. -Fruit/Seed: Averages over 10,000 seeds per plant. -Roots: Very strong root system that can give out a new flush of roots even after it has been cut. Growth Requirements: Can withstand humid environments and is very drought resistant. Uses/Fun Facts: Leaves can be boiled and applied to injured areas to reduce swelling and pain. Written by Kyle Fleming"
Found By "Kyle Fleming, Peter Simoes"
Date Found 10/1/2013
Resource "The fast growing shrub known as the wild sage of the verbenaceae family is widely planted as an ornamental plant for its colorful and fragrant flowers. Despite its colorful appearance, it has been known to be a strong competitor against local plants leading to a decrease in local biodiversity. Leaves can irritate skin. Some species of Lantana are known to be toxic and can be fatal if ingested."
Native Nonnative
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