Lantana camara L.

This thorny shrub is a noxious weed. It can form impenetrable thickets which crowd out other plants. The fruit are dispersed by alien frugivorous birds. It is capable of surviving all but the hottest fires regenerating from basal shoots. Allelopathic substances are produced by shoots and roots (Achhereddy in press). The plant has been subjected to biological control which has been quite effective in some areas (Gardner and Davis 1982). Further control agents are being sought.

Lantana is found up to 600 m on all islands, principally in dry areas. It has infested both mesic and wet habitats as well.

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