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Native Lantana

Lantana rhodesiensis?
(L. ukambensis)

Lantana rhodesiensis, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in a hedgerow near Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

This Lantana species was very rare in and around the Eldoret area, especially as compared to the non-native introduced Lantana. At one point this plant was classified as a species of Lippia. The inflorescence of L. rhodesiensis is elongate in contrast to the head-like form of the exotic lantana. Also there are conspicuous bracts below each flower which become enlarged after anthesis as the fruit develops. The fruit are bright purple berries. The leaves are opposite on the stems and aromatic when crushed.

Verbenaceae -- Verbena Family

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