The basic chromosome number of L. camara sens. lat. is 11. Variants naturalised in Australia are mainly tetraploids, with some triploids, one diploid and one pentaploid. Ploidy level does not appear to correlate in any straightforward manner with ecological characters or with morphology or toxicity. Nevertheless, the genetic and chromosomal levels of diversity within the species, its propensity for somatic mutation, and the interfertility of many of the variants, give it a high level of potential adaptability as a pest species. Some variants are putatively fruit sterile (and are sometimes sold as environmentally benign), but most or all may produce small amounts of viable fruit, and all are probably capable of contributing viable pollen to other variants, both factors increasing the likelihood of further feral genotypes (DECC 2006).
Lantana, Common Lantana, Kamara Lantana, Large-leaf Lantana, Pink Flowered Lantana, Red Flowered Lantana, Red-Flowered Sage, White Sage, Wild Sage
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