Lantana or Spanish Flag

Cucumis africanus

Colour: Various - pink, yellow, orange, white
Height: Up to 4m
Family: Verbenaceae

Lantana, also called Spanish Flag, is an invasive species in tropical areas. It is a native of Central America and USA but has quickly spread to many other tropical countries. It is very widespread in Africa.

It is a shrub and its flowerheads consist of clusters of tiny coloured florets. It also produces black berries which can be poisonous when unripe.

This photo was taken on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.









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