Sida 22: 392, 393 (2006) APNI
Establishment means:Sparingly established
Erect to scandent shrub to 3 m high; branches ascending, angled, with or without prickles, younger branches sparsely to moderately strigose, setose or pilose. Leaves ovate to broadly-ovate, (2–)5–10 cm long, 2–6 cm wide, moderately rugose, margins crenate-serrate with 15–40 teeth per side, adaxial surface dull green, sparsely to moderately antrorsely strigose or strigose-setose, abaxial surface slightly lighter or duller green, antrorsely strigose-scabrous, with the hairs scattered to moderately dense on veins, sometimes also with scattered short erect filiform hairs on veins, apex acuminate, base rounded, truncate or cordate, shortly and narrowly cuneate onto petiole at very base; petiole 5–10 mm long. Inflorescences hemispheric, 2–3 cm diam.; peduncles 2–10 cm long. Bracts narrowly spathulate or subulate to narrowly lanceolate, mostly 3–8 mm long, 0.8–1.5(–2) mm wide. Calyx membranous, c. 3mm long; corolla yellow, orange-red, white, or pink to deep reddish-purple, often mixed with orange and crimson, throat often yellow, 6–10 mm diam., tube 7–12 mm long. Drupe c. 5 mm diam., blue-black. Flowers throughout the year.
*GipP, *VVP. Of cultivated origin. Recorded in Victoria on the railway line near Frankston.
Cultivated worldwide for its colourful floral displays and a favoured source of nectar for many butterflies. Often escaping in tropical and subtropical areas, including Australia, where it has become an aggressive weed. Lantana × strigocamara is suspected of being a hybrid with a complex parentage involving Lantana nivea Vent., Lantana scabrida Sol in Aiton, Lantana splendens Medik. and Lantana camara L., and possibly even Lantana hirsuta Martens & Galeotti (Sanders 2006). In Australia it most closely resembles Lantana camara. It can be distinguished from this species by having an abaxial leaf indument that consists entirely of or at least is dominated by antrorse strigose hairs on the veins, whereas in Lantana camara the abaxial leaf indument consists mostly of pilose hairs (Sanders 2012).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|