Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Lantana
Botanical name: Lantana camara Linn
Sanskrit: Chaturangi, Vanacchedi
English: West Indian Lantana
Hindi: Chaturang, Khaneri
Malayalam: Konganichedi
Common lantana is a rugged evergreen shrub from the tropics. The species will grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) high and may spread to 8 ft (2.4 m) in width with some varieties able to clamber vine like up supports to greater heights with the help of support. The leaves are 2-5 in (5-12.7 cm) long by 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) wide with rounded tooth edges and a textured surface. Stems and leaves are covered with rough hairs and emit an unpleasant aroma when crushed (smells like cat pee). The small flowers are held in clusters (called umbels) that are typically 1-2 in (2.5-5.1 cm) across. In the tropics lantana is a non-stop bloomer. Where it is killed to the ground by frost the lantana blooms in summer and fall. Flower colour ranges from white to yellow, orange to red, pink to rose in unlimited combinations, in addition the flowers usually change in colour as they age. A lantana may look orange from a distance but the flower head is examined at close range it consists of individual white, yellow and red flowers.

Some communities have found alternate uses for West Indian Lantana, as it is difficult to eradicate. Some household furniture, such as tables and chairs are made from the stalks, or the small branches are bundled together to make brooms.
The whole plant of the Konganichedi is used for malaria, asthma, epilepsy, tooth ache, wounds, rheumatism and respiratory system infections. In Sinaloa, plant used for snake bites.
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