Halamang Gamot / Herbal Medicine - Kantutay (Lantana camara L)
A gregarious, erect or half-climbing, somewhat hairy aromatic shrub; when erect, usually 1.2 m high and when scandent, twice as high. Branches four-sided with recurved prickles.
Leaves: ovate, 5 to 9 cm long, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base and toothed in the margins.
Flowers: pink, orange, yellow, white, lilac and other shades, according to the variety and borne in stalked heads which are 2 to 3.5 cm in diameter. Calyx small. Corolla tube slender, the limb spreading, 6 to 7 mm wide, and divided into unequal lobes. Stamens 4, in 2 pairs, included. Ovary 2-celled, 2-ovuled.
Fruits: Sweet tasting drupaceous fruit; purple or black, fleshy ovoid, and about 5 mm long.
DistributionA gregarious weed in the Philippines. Certain varieties are cultivated as a trimmed hedge either alone or with other shrubs.