Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Lantana montevidensis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Verbenaceae -- The Verbena Family Bibliography
      Lantana montevidensis

Common name(s): trailing lantana, weeping lantana
General Information
DistributionNative to southern Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina, now cultivated nearly worldwide and naturalized in many tropical and subtropical areas.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, Lana`i.

Malodorous, low subshrubs; stems lax and sprawling or decumbent, rooting at nodes that touch the ground, up to 4 m long, mat-forming and usually many-branched, without prickles.
Leaves ovate to lanceolate or oblong-rhombic, 1.2-3.5 cm long, 0.8-1.6 cm wide, upper surface reticulate-rugose and scabrous or hirsute, lower surface strigose on veins or densely tomentulose and densely resinous-glandular, margins crenate-serrate, petioles 0.3-0.6 cm long.
Flowers in capitate, hemispherical heads arising in the leaf axils, inflorescences becoming oblong in fruit, much longer than subtending leaves, peduncles filiform, 2-6 cm long, outer bracts broadly ovate to oblong-ovate, 5-8 mm long, inner ones conspicuously smaller; calyx ca. 2 mm long; corolla magenta or lilac to rose or purple, the tube 8-10 mm long, the lobes 3.5-8 mm long.
Fruit dark violet, globose, drupaceous, ca. 4 mm in diameter.
2n = 36 (sterile) or 48 (wild form)