Lantana camara, from here.

Belongs within: Lamiales.

The Verbenaceae are a family of flowering plants that are most speciose in tropical areas. Some species are popular garden plants, such as Verbena officinalis (vervain) and Lantana camara, and have become established invasives outside their native ranges. Some taxa previously included in Verbenaceae are now placed in the Lamiaceae as members of the subfamilies Chloanthoideae and Ajugoideae. Members of the type genus Verbena have a dry fruit dehiscing into four nutlets; species of Newcastlia and Dicrastylis have indehiscent fruits (Black & Roberston 1965).

Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Herbs, trees or shrubs; leaves without stipules, opposite, alternate or whorled. Flowers usually sessile or subsessile, bisexual, irregular or almost regular; calyx with 4 or 5, rarely 6, lobes or teeth, persistent; corolla with cylindrical tube and limb (rarely two-lipped) of 4-6 imbricate lobes; stamens inserted in corolla tube, 4 in pairs or 4-6 alternate with lobes; anthers 2-celled, cells usually parallel; ovary superior, originally of two carpels, entire or shortly four-lobed, often seated on small disk, usually four-celled by intrusion of two secondary dissepiments, with one ovule in each cell; placentas axile; style rising from summit of ovary, usually more or less two-lobed; fruit dry or drupaceous, generally enclosed in calyx, indehiscent or separating septicidally into two or four nutlets or fruitlets; seeds one in each cell, or fewer by abortion; albumen scanty or absent; embryo straight, with an inferior radicle shorter than the thick cotyledons.

<==Verbenaceae [Verbenoideae]
    |--Aegiphila YY22
    |--Phyla nodiflora BR65 (see below for synonymy)
    |--Cornutia grandifolia MM96
    |--Lantana BR65
    |    |--L. camara BR65
    |    |--L. javanica P03
    |    `--L. trifolia J87
    |--Stachytarpheta OP01
    |    |--S. dichotoma OP01
    |    `--S. jamaicensis MM96
    |--Lippia C55
    |    |--L. asperifolia C55
    |    `--L. lycioides C55
    |--Clerodendrum M01
    |    |--C. colebrookeanum D07
    |    |--C. hastatum BB07
    |    |--C. indicum BB07
    |    |--C. inerme C78
    |    |--C. phlomoides PP07
    |    |--C. serratum BB07
    |    |--C. trichotomum M01
    |    |--C. ugandense MHG04
    |    `--C. viscosum HU08
    |--Duranta H06
    |    |--D. arida JS87
    |    |    |--D. a. ssp. arida JS87
    |    |    `--D. s. ssp. serpentina Sanders & Judd in Judd & Sanders 1986 JS87
    |    |--D. armata OA02
    |    `--D. erecta H06
    |--Citharexylum MP00
    |    |--C. caudatum JS87
    |    |--C. flexuosum OA02
    |    |--C. fruticosum SWK87
    |    |--C. myrianthum MP00
    |    `--C. spinosum MHG04
    |--Newcastlia BR65
    |    |--N. bracteosa BR65
    |    |--N. cephalantha BR65
    |    |--N. chrysotricha BR65
    |    |--N. dixonii BR65
    |    `--N. spodiotricha BR65
    |--Verbena OP01
    |    |--V. bonariensis OP01
    |    |--V. bracteata OP01
    |    |--V. domingensis J87
    |    |--V. officinalis BR65
    |    |--V. rigida [incl. V. venosa] BR65
    |    |--V. scabrido-glandulosa LC02
    |    |--V. supina BR65
    |    `--V. urticifolia J87
    |--Chascanum marrubifolium PP07
    |--Premna P03
    |    |--P. divaricata C55
    |    `--P. flavescens P03
    `--Dicrastylis BR65
         |--D. beveridgei BR65
         |--D. costelloi BR65
         |--D. doranii BR65
         |    |--D. d. var. doranii BR65
         |    `--D. d. var. eriantha BR65
         |--D. exsuccosa (Mueller) Druce 1917 (see below for synonymy) BR65
         |--D. gilesii BR65
         |--D. maritima KM08
         `--D. verticillata BR65

Dicrastylis exsuccosa (Mueller) Druce 1917 [=Pityrodia exsuccosa Mueller 1858; incl. D. ochrotricha Mueller 1864] BR65

Phyla nodiflora BR65 [=Verbena nodiflora C55, Lippia nodiflora BR65, Zapania nodiflora C55; incl. L. canescens BR65]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[M01] Morishita, M. 2001. Movement of the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch and the Kanzawa spider mite T. kanzawai Kishida (Acari: Tetranychidae) in a watermelon-pea cropping system. In Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress (R. B. Halliday, D. E. Walter, H. C. Proctor, R. A. Norton & M. J. Colloff, eds) pp. 355-360. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.

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[YY22] Yampolsky, C., & H. Yampolsky. 1922. Distribution of sex forms in the phanerogamic flora. Bibliotheca Genetica 3: 1-62.

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