Verbenaceae

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Description: A large Neotropical family of herbs and woody plants, occasionally lianas. Verbenaceae have opposite leaves, simple or (in Vitex) palmately compound, and often with a strong vegetative odor and/or glands on the lamina. The stems are usually square.

Economic uses: Some species of Verbenaceae are used in flavorings. The shrubs Lantana and Stachytarpheta are commonly planted ornamentals that have naturalized in many tropical areas. Gmelina arborea, an introduced tree species, has been widely planted in Costa Rica.


Descripción: Una familia diversa en las zonas neotropicales. Incluye hierbas, plantas leñosas, y algunos bejucos. Las Verbenaceas tienen hojas opuestas, simples o (en Vitex) palmaticompuestas, y muchas veces con un olor fuerte y/o glándulas en la lámina. Los tallos usualmente son cuadrados.

Usos económicos: Algunas Verbenaceas son usadas como saborizantes. Los arbustos Lantana y Stachytarpheta son cultivados como ornamentales, y han establecido poblaciones silvestres en varias áreas tropicales. Gmelina arborea es un árbol maderable introducido que se usa frecuentemente en plantaciones en Costa Rica.


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