Plant ID forum: (Lantana)

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magnusscott
Jan 29, 2012 1:31 PM CST
I am in san diego and found this viney plant growing next to my driveway. It's growing quite well.

Thank you!

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Maybe Lamium?

http://www.google.com/search?q=lamium+amplexicaule&hl=en&prm...

Edited to say: Nope, not Lamium. It looks so familiar and I know I saw this plant when I was in the San Diego area on vacation a year ago!
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Ridesredmule
Jan 29, 2012 3:10 PM CST
Does the foliage have a scent???
Weeping Lantana???
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JRsbugs
Jan 30, 2012 6:15 AM CST
I spent some time looking for something which might match the leaves and habit, the stems don't look to be square so Lamiaceae wouldn't fit unless we just can't see that they are squarish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamiaceae

magnus, could you tell us if the stems are square, and if the leaves are scented?

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Ridesredmule
Jan 30, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Welcome!
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kqcrna
Jan 30, 2012 8:31 AM CST
I think the leaves resemble nepeta, don't they?

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bonitin
Jan 30, 2012 12:06 PM CST
The arrangement and shape of the leaves along the stem remind me of Sanguisorba...
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JRsbugs
Jan 30, 2012 12:24 PM CST
Nepeta is one option, I can see a likeness to many genera which are all in Lamiaceae. It might be necessary to see flowers to know for sure. The leaves are rounded on the tips, most leaves have a slight point.

Scutellaria has a trailing habit, Calamintha grandiflora has similar leaves and spreads by stolons. There's far too many species to go on leaves alone unless someone has it and recognises it.

http://erick.dronnet.free.fr/belles_fleurs_de_france/calamin...

Nepeta x faassenii has similar leaves..

http://www.lovelynx.co.uk/html/body_the_joys_of_catnip.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nepeta_faassenii6.jpg

There's even a likeness to some Oreganos such as Mexican Oregano, Lippia graveolens, in Verbenaceae.

http://www.digthedirt.com/plants/11788-oregano-lippia-graveo...

http://www.worldbotanical.com/lippia.htm

Yes Myriam, Sanguisorba is similar, I can't find any with leaves quite like this though. I've seen similarities in so many plants! Rolling my eyes.




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kqcrna
Jan 30, 2012 5:00 PM CST
I bough to your expertise Janet, the nepeta was just a thought...

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magnusscott
Jan 31, 2012 8:00 AM CST
JRsbugs said:I spent some time looking for something which might match the leaves and habit, the stems don't look to be square so Lamiaceae wouldn't fit unless we just can't see that they are squarish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamiaceae

magnus, could you tell us if the stems are square, and if the leaves are scented?

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The stems are round and no scent. When the leaf is crushed there is a very slight hint of mint. And I mean very slight.

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JRsbugs
Jan 31, 2012 9:52 AM CST
The leaves remind me of nettles! They have square stems too and I think most of them sting when touching the hairs.

Could belong to Verbenaceae. Lantana montevidensis has similar shaped leaves and spreads.

http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/vrb/la...

Would you believe there is a Lantana urticoides, no wonder the leaves remind me of nettles!

http://museum2.utep.edu/chih/gardens/plants/GtoM/lantanaurti...

http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/vrb/la...

Plants in Verbenaceae ...

http://botany.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/imaxxvrb.htm

I guess the test now is to see the flowers.
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 10:01 AM CST
Lantana is very popular in CA ... at least it was for the 40 years I was there ... we had it everywhere. So it wouldn't surprise if that's closer to what it is.
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Ridesredmule
Jan 31, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Yes, the lavender, weeping one is very similiar to one I had or have around here....

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tropicbreeze
Feb 1, 2012 2:03 AM CST
It does look like that prostrate lantana. I have the yellow flowered one which seems to have overtaken and 'vanquished' my lavender one. I should get another lavender one and plant it further from the yellow.

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