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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Lantana

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales> Family: Verbenaceae

About 150 species, native to tropical America and Africa. There are seven indigenous species in southern Africa, three species naturalised and a further two species that are cultivated in the region.

Lantana camara

All seed producing species or seed producing hybrids of Lantana that are non-native to Africa are declared Category 1 invasive plants in South Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Lantana angolensis

[= Lantana viburnoides]

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Lantana dinteri


Lantana mearnsii


Lantana moldenkei

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lantana ukambensis

[= Lantana rhodesiensis]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lantana rugosa


Lantana swynnertonii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Lantana camara

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Lantana tiliifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Lantana trifolia


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lantana montevidensis (Purple or creeping lantana)

Native from Brazil to Argentina.


Lantana viburnoides

Native from tropical Africa to Arabia.


Herbivores in southern Africa

Coelonia mauritii

Caterpillars recorded eating the leaves of Lantana camara.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)