Camara alba (Mill.) Kuntze
Lantana alba Mill.
Lantana cuneatifolia Klotzsch ex Walp.
Lantana geminata (Kunth) Spreng.
Lantana lippioides Hook. & Arn.
Lantana malabarica Hayek
Lantana mollissima Desf.
Lantana odorata (Pers.) Weigelt ex Cham.
Lippia asperifolia Poepp. ex Cham.
Lippia carterae (Moldenke) G.L.Nesom
Lippia citrata Willd. ex Cham.
Lippia crenata Sessé & Moc.
Lippia geminata Kunth
Lippia globiflora (L'Hér.) Kuntze
Lippia havanensis Turcz.
Lippia lantanifolia F.Muell.
Lippia lantanoides (Lam.) Herter
Lippia lantanoides J.M.Coult.
Lippia obovata Sessé & Moc.
Lippia panamensis Turcz.
Lippia unica Ramakr.
Verbena globiflora L'Hér.
Verbena globulifera Spreng.
Verbena lantanoides (Lam.) Willd. ex Spreng.
Zappania geminata (Kunth) Gibert
Zappania globiflora (L'Hér.) Juss.
Zappania lantanoides Lam.
Zappania odorata Pers.
Common Name: Bushy Matgrass
Bushy matgrass is a sparsely branched shrub growing up to 2 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food flavouring and for medicines. It is frequently cultivated in gardens throughout Central America as a medicinal plant[
]. The plant is cultivated for its essential oil in Argentina[
Through tropical and subtropical America, and the Caribbean, from Argentina to southern N. America.
Usually found on brushy hillsides and along roadsides (where it may have escaped from cultivation), sometimes on riverbanks and sandbars, from sea level to elevations of 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a position in full sun in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil[
A slow-growing plant[
The leaves are used mainly as a flavouring in soups etc, and occasionally as a cooked vegetable[
]. They have an intense aniseed aroma[
A pleasant tasting tea is make from the leaves[
A tea made from the leaves is a favourite domestic remedy in Central America for both intestinal and respiratory disturbances, including influenza[
]. A well-sugared infusion is drunk to bring relief of heart problems and to soothe tachycardia[
Used externally, the aromatic leaves are used in herbal baths, to cure fevers and severe stomach pain, and to cleanse the bladder[
The plant contains an essential oil composed principally of dihydrocarvone. Other compounds include limonene, pinene, linalol, and camphor[
An essential oil is obtained from the plant[
]. The principle compound in the oil is dihydrocarvone., others include limonene, pinene, linalol, and camphor[
Basal or nodal softwood cuttings[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood.
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