VERBENACEAE - Vervain or Verbena Family

Herbs, shrubs, trees, & vines

Stems 4-angled, opposite leaves, flowers 5-merous and zygomorphic, style single & terminal



Infl. racemose or cymose, sometimes with colored bracts

Stamens didynamous, epipetalous

Fruit a drupe or berry

100 genera, 2600 spp., mostly tropical and subtropical
Verbena
Lantana
- poisonous
Vitex
Callicarpa
Avicannia
- Mangrove
Tectona
- teak

Economic importance - teak, ornamentals

Verbenaceae can be confused with Boraginaceae and Lamiaceae but both of these families have a gynobasic style. In addition, Boraginaceae have round stems.

IMAGE GALLERY