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  phakah krong

 

Thailand

A plant of the species Lantana camara, which produces clusters of small flowers with salver-form corollas. The flowers vary in colour depending on the subspecies (fig.), and this one has white flowers with a deep yellow core, that turn lilac as they ripen and are forced to the outside edge of the cluster.

 

In Thailand, this species is known as phakah krong. In the wild, this species is very invasive, but it is also often found as an ornamental plant in gardens, and its flowers are highly favoured by a variety of butterflies (fig.), the one seen here being a Common Rose (fig.).

 

  phakah krong