Camara trifolia (L.) Kuntze
Lantana annua L.
Lantana bipinnatifida Sessé & Moc.
Lantana celtidifolia Kunth
Lantana dubia Royle
Lantana dubia Wall. ex Walp.
Lantana gogchana Buch.-Ham. ex Voigt
Lantana maxima Hayek
Lantana mearnsii Moldenke
Lantana pilosa Kunth
Lantana pittieri Moldenke
Lantana undulata saltensis Moldenke
Lippia purpurea Dum.Cours.
Lippia schliebenii Moldenke
Lantana trifolia is an unarmed, scrambling, evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. It is often grown as an ornamental, and as a hedge, valued particularly for its popcorn-like spikes of lavender fruits[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; the Caribbean; C. America - Panama to Guatemala.
Usually in damp thickets, sometimes in low pine forest, rarely in cleared land, at elevations from near sea level to 1,200 metres[
]. Forest and bush edges, disturbed forest and roadsides, growing also in grasslands, bushland, abandoned cultivation[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, it is not tolerant of frosts[
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in a wide range of soils, so long as they are well-drained[
]. Tolerates poor soils[
The plant has become widely naturalized in Africa[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet flavour[
]. The ripe fruits are occasionally collected in handfuls and eaten fresh as a snack and to quench thirst[
The leaves are crushed and mixed in hot water and the liquid drunk to treat rheumatism, generalized body pains and indigestion[
]. The leaves are also used in the treatment of colds and ringworm[
The roots are used to treat eczema[
The plant can be grown as a hedge[
The stems are used for constructing storage containers[
The wood is used for fuel[
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