Lantana montevidensis (*)
Lantana montevidensis (Spreng.) Briq.
* Annuaire Conserv. Jard. Bot. Genève 7-8:301. 1904
Lantana montevidensis is a species of lantana known by many common names, such as trailing lantana, weeping lantana, creeping lantana, small lantana, purple lantana or trailing shrubverbena. It is native to South America but it is present nearly worldwide as an introduced species, and in some areas, such as parts of Australia, a noxious weed. It is also kept as an ornamental plant for its plentiful colorful flowers. This is a small strongly-scented flowering shrub with oval-shaped green leaves. The inflorescence is a circular head of several purple to lavender to red funnel-shaped flowers with lobed corollas each nearly a centimeter wide. The fruit consists of a pair of nutlets surrounded by flesh somewhat like a berry. This plant is toxic to livestock.
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