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Lantana camara


Usually 1-2 m shrub but may clamber higher. Pungent odor in all plant parts. Square stems hairy, with or without prickles. Toothed, opposite leaves to 12 cm long, lighter green and soft pubescent below, moderately scratchy above. Bracts below and within inflorescence equal in sizw. Dome-shaped 2-3 cm diameter flowerheads on 6 cm stalks, arising from leaf axils, made up of many 4-lobed tubular corolas ca. 1 cm long. Buds in center orange-red (or pinkish), open flowers yellow, old flowers orange to red. Clusters of shiny, metallic blue to black fruits ca. 5 mm in diameter. - Flowers and fruits year-round.


Sea level to 2,000 m. In second growth, along streams and road sides.


Costa Rica has three other native lantanas, each with paler flowers than Lantana camara: L. trifolia, with elongate inflorescence of lavender flowers; L. hirta, with white to lilac flowers and L. montevidensis

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Jessie Aguilar
Jessie Aguilar 4 years ago

Thanks Hema! Nice, the Potoo and the Three wattled bellbird are not so easy to see. Love Motmots! I'm lucky enough to see one in our yard almost everyday.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

nice......BTW on my recent visits, I was fortunate to see the Potoo and bell bird,I did see a motmot ,regretfully I was not able to photograph it!

Jessie Aguilar
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Jessie Aguilar

Cedral, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 24, 2018
Submitted on Jul 24, 2018

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