Lantana camara

Lantana camara

''Lantana camara'' is a species of flowering plant within the verbena family , native to the American tropics. Other common names of ''L. camara'' include big-sage , wild-sage, red-sage, white-sage , tickberry , West Indian lantana, and umbelanterna.

As an ornamental, ''L. camara'' is often cultivated indoors, or in a conservatory, but can also thrive in a garden with sufficient shelter. It has spread from its native Central and South America to around 50 countries, where it has become an invasive species. It first spread out of the Americas when it was brought to Europe by Dutch explorers and cultivated widely, soon spreading further into Asia and Oceania where it has established itself as a notorious weed, and in Goa it was introduced by the portuguese.

''L. camara'' will often out-compete other more desirable species, leading to a reduction in biodiversity. It can also cause problems if it invades agricultural areas as a result of its toxicity to livestock, as well as its ability to form dense thickets which, if left unchecked, can greatly reduce the productivity of farmland.