Lantana achyranthifolia [Verbenaceae]

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Scientific Name Lantana achyranthifolia (Lantana macropoda) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Mejorana, Desert Lantana ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, rocky, gravelly hillsides flats and desert washes.
Plant: Erect shrub up to 6-1/2 feet high; many slender, long, light yellowish-green branches, densely covered with short hairs.
Leaves: Hairy, opposite, narrow-lanceolate to ovate leaves, about 1 to 3 inches long on petioles up to 3/8-inch long; blades with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Small hemispheric or elongated clusters (up to 3/4-inch across) arising from leaf axils on peduncles 1-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches long; each head with many tubular blossoms with white to pink corollas with 4 lobes, lower lobe larger, and yellow center.
Bloom Period: February to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason; L. macropoda from "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey
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