Lantana ×strigocamara R.W.Sanders

Sida 22: 392, 393 (2006) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-05-24
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Verbenaceae
genus Lantana
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lantana ×strigocamara in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lantana ×strigocamara in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales