Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Lantana - Lantana strigocamara   R.W. Sanders
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AuthorR.W. Sanders
DistributionSo far as is known, escaped only in Brunswick, Harnett, and Moore counties. Other specimens are from cultivated plants (Orange, Scotland, Wake counties) or annotated to L. urticoides (Buncombe and Dare counties).

This is a horticultural species of hybrid origin. Now planted widely, but escaped in NC only very locally.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatEdge of woods at parking lot (Harnett Co.), Southport waterfront (Brunswick Co.), waste ground (Brunswick Co.), grassy roadside (Moore Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationLantana shrubs are favorites of many people, and provide an excellent nectar source for butterflies. In NC they rarely stray from gardens, yard plantings, and shrub borders. The leaves are opposite, ovate, and toothed, usually quite wrinkled. The flowers grow clustered in headlike spikes, the corollas orange, yellow, or pink. L. urticoides differs in the longer, spreading hairs on the branches (0.5-2 mm long vs. less than 0.5 mm long and rather appressed in L. strigocamara). Also, the inflorescence bracts in L. strigocamara drop after flowering, vs. are persistent in L. urticoides.
Taxonomic CommentsLong known as L. camara.

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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Niagara village, June 2021. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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