- A native to tropical America, Lantana was introduced to Australia as a garden plant. It is now naturalised in pastures, native vegetation, roadsides and gullies of most coastal and sub-coastal areas of Queensland, mainly on richer soils.
- Toxic to stock
- Scrambling, heavily-branched shrub to 4 m high.
- Grows as either a compact clump, dense thicket or a climbing vine.
- Stems are four-angled when young, rounded when mature, with numerous short prickles.
- Leavers are bright green above, paler beneath, about 6 cm long, with slightly rounded-toothed margins, strongly veined, aromatic when crushed.
- Flowers mainly pink, yellow, orange and red, in compact heads to 2.5 cm wide.
- Fruits are fleshy, rounded, glossy and purplish-black when ripe.