oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Biological Control of Lantana camara L. in Natal



Lantana camara L. is an ornamental perennial shrub indigenous to Mexico and Central America. This plant is commonly referred to as Lantana, but it is also known by various popular names such as ""tickberry"", ""cherry pie"", ""Bosmandruiwe"", ""vo�lbrandewyn"" and as ""mfifunyane"" in Zulu. Because of its beauty and richness of flower colour it was originally introduced to many parts of the world where it was grown as an ornamental shrub or hedge plant. In tropical and subtropical climates it experienced excellent conditions for rapid growth and prolific fruit formation with the result that it soon became established as a serious weed.


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