Lantana species [Verbenaceae]

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Scientific Name Lantana achyranthifolia (Lantana macropoda) USDA PLANTS Symbol LAAC
Common Name Mejorana, Desert Lantana ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 32174
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, rocky, gravelly hillsides flats and desert washes.
Plant: Erect shrub up to 6-1/2 feet high; many slender, long, light yellowish-green branches, densely covered with short hairs.
Leaves: Hairy, opposite, narrow-lanceolate to ovate leaves, about 1 to 3 inches long on petioles up to 3/8-inch long; blades with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Small hemispheric or elongated clusters (up to 3/4-inch across) arising from leaf axils on peduncles 1-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches long; each head with many tubular blossoms with white to pink corollas with 4 lobes, lower lobe larger, and yellow center.
Bloom Period: February to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason; L. macropoda from "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Lantana montevidensis USDA PLANTS Symbol LAMO2
Common Name Trailing Shrubverbena, Trailing Lantana ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 32181
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Roadsides, fencerows, waste areas; garden escapee, introduced from South America.
Plant: Low-growing perennial shrub with trailing, much-branched, vine-like stems up to 40 inches long forming dense mats; rooting at nodes.
Leaves: Opposite, ovate to lanceolate 3/8 to 1-1/4 inches long, with toothed edges; hairy surfaces and rough to touch.
Inflorescence: Small flowers in clusters about 1-inch across on long peduncles; corollas with 4 or 5 irregular lobes, magenta or lilac to rose or purple with a white center, about 1/2-inch long; outer bracts or scales of the involucre broadly ovate and hairy and less than half as long as the corolla tube.
Bloom Period: February to June.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and University of California, Irvine.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Introduced

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