Lantana camara L.
|English Name:||Wild Sage|
|Synonym:||Camara vulgaris Benth.|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||April-June|
|Distribution:||Native of Tropical America|
|Habitat:||Introduced as ornamental plant; now naturalised as weed|
|Uses:||Ornamental weed. Lantana essential oil is sometimes used for the treatment of skin itches, as an antiseptic for wounds, and externally for leprosy and scabies. A decoction of the dried flowers is used in the treatment of haemoptysis and pulmonary tuberculosis.|
|Key Characteristics:||Much branched scandent shrubs; stem 4-angled, armed with short thorns. Leaves simple, opposite, margin creneate-serrate. Inflorescence terminal and axillary condensed spikes. Flowers sessile, orangish-red, changing to deep red on ageing. Calyx truncate. Corolla salver-shaped. Stamens 4, included. Ovary 2-celled; ovules 1 in each cell; style slender; stigma subcapitate. Fruit is a drupe.|