Common Name: Wild Sage
Lantana bahamensis grows as a
medium size shrub 1- 2 meters in height. The leaves are arranged
oppositely with a crenulated leaf margin. The leaves are about 1.5 -
2 cm long. While the stem becomes woody the species does not form
The flower is zygomorphic with a 2
lobed calyx. The corolla is 5 lobed and orange turning reddish with
age. The fruit is a drupe that turns black and shiny at maturity.
The flowers are arranged in a corymb.
Lantana bahamensis grows in
disturbed areas along roads and old farm areas as well as
sporadically through out the Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations
(Coppice) in both limestone and sand substrates.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally
Lantana bahamensis grows
through out all of the islands of the Bahamas as well as in parts of
There are many cultural uses of
Lantana bahamensis and a closely related species L
involucrata. The leaves are often boiled for use in
strengthening and aphrodisiac teas as well as to treat types of
dermatitis (added to bath water). They have also been used in the
horticultural trade as a landscape plant because of their beautiful
flowers and pleasant smelling leaves.