Verbena (Family Verbenaceae)
Verbenaceae, commonly known as the Verbena Family or Vervain
Family, is a family of mainly tropical flowering plants. It contains
trees, shrubs and herbs. Recent studies have shown that numerous
genera traditionally classified in Verbenaceae belong instead in
Lamiaceae. The new narrowly circumscribed Verbenaceae Family
includes some 35 genera and 1,200 species.
Members of family Verbenaceae are very widely distributed in tem-
perate and tropical regions, but are absent from central and Northern
Traditional Family Verbenaceae members have been valued for thier
timber (e.g., Tectona grandis, teak), while others are notable orna-
mentals ( e.g., Clerodendrum, Callicarpa, Vitex, Lantana, Verbena).
The new extended family Verbenaceae also includes members cul-
tivated for aroma for flavoring and cookings (e.g., Aloysia triphylla,
Crooked Run Valley