Indian White Lantana
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Indian White Lantana
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Indian White Lantana
Botanical name: Lantana veronicifolia    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Synonyms: Lantana indica var. albiflora, Lantana wightiana

Indian White Lantana is an undershrub, climbing or nearly so, sometimes prostrate; branches bluntly 4-angular, pale; young parts rough, nodes annulate; internodes 2-8 cm long. Leaves are ovate or nearly circular, flat to pointed at base, rounded-toothed along margins, blunt to pointed at tip, 2-4.5 x 1.5-3 cm, papery, hairy or softly velvet-hairy on both surfaces; lateral nerves 6-8 pairs, obscure above, distinct beneath. Leaf-stalks are thread-like, about 1 cm long. Flowers are borne in spikes in leaf-axils, spherical or obovoid, about 1.5 x 1 cm, one per node; flower-cluster-stalks slender, 1.5-3.5 cm long; bracts ovate, pointed to tapering at tip, about 9 x 6 mm, velvet-hairy outside. Flowers are stalkless. Calyx is cup-shaped, about 1 x 1 mm, faintly 5-toothed, membranous, fringed with hairs along margins. Flowers are tubular, abruptly opening into a flat, 2-lipped, 5-lobed, white flowers. Upper lip is 2-lobed; lobes nearly round; lower lip 3-lobed; midlobe obovate, about 2 x 1.8 mm; lateral lobes medium, about 1.5 x 1.5 mm; tube narrow, slightly curved, about 6 x 2 mm. Stamens are 4. Drupes are spherical or ovoid, about 4 x 3 mm, fleshy when mature. Indian White Lantana is found in India and Pakistan.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Radhapuram, Tamil Nadu & Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

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