Lantana

Nasty and nice!

  • Lantana is a perennial shrub consisting of approximately 150 species.
  • Lantana belongs to the verbena family, ‘Verbenaceae’ and range in size from 50 cm (1.6 ft) to 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall.
  • The flowers of the Lantana are in small clusters, and can be yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and white or a mixture of these.
  • Lantana blooms most or all of  the year depending on the plant species and the weather.
  • The fruits of Lantana are black with one seed and are prized by birds, which is one of the major causes of the spread of the plant.

Lantana, White, Flowers, Weed, Queensland. Australia, Ten Random Facts, Many

  • Lantana was introduced to Australia before the 1850s, and has become one of its major pests.
  • The leaves from Lantana are poisonous to most animals.
  • In Australia, lantana covers millions of hectares of pasture, natural bushland and  forests.
  • Lantana flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies , and some types of weaver birds use them to decorate their nests.
  • Lantana is native to the tropical regions of North and South America and Africa.
Bibliography:
Lantana n.d, Weeds Australia, <http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&ibra=all&card=S03>

Dandelion

Yellow or 0range, pretty and lovely. That is what a dandelion is!

  • Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North America.
  • The leaves of a dandelion are 5-25 cms long and can grow longer.
  • A dandelion flower is yellowy-orange colour and opens in the day and closes at night.
  • A dandelion has hair-like seeds that float like a parachute.
  • There are 34 macro species, 2000 microspecies and 60 classified species.

Yellow dandelions, weeds, Ten Random Facts

  • Dandelions have been used as food and herbs throughout history, although some people have allergic reactions when they consume or touch them.
  • A dandelion is a good type of weed since it adds minerals and nitrogen to the soil and attracts pollinating insects.
  • The leaves of a dandelion contain vitamins A, C and K and contain calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.
  • Dandelions has been used in medicine in Europe, North America and China. The medicine helps cure infections, bile or liver problems.
  • Four dandelions appear on the West Virginia emblem, White Sulphur Springs.
Bibliography:
Taraxacum 11 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum>

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