Vervain (Verbenaceae) Family
Description: Lantana is a shrublike plant that may grow up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) high. It has opposite, round leaves and flowers borne in flat-topped clusters. The flower color (which varies in different areas) may be white, yellow, orange, pink, or red. It has a dark blue or black berrylike fruit. A distinctive feature of all parts of this plant is its strong scent.
All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten and can be fatal. This plant causes dermatitis in some individuals.
Habitat and Distribution: Lantana is grown as an ornamental in tropical and temperate areas and has escaped cultivation as a weed along roads and old fields.
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