Tantani / टनटनी / Lantana / Lantana camara L.

Local Name: Tantani / टनटनी

Common Name: Lantana

Botanical Name: Lantana camara L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Shrub

  • Occurrence: Deciduous Forest areas

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: American tropics

  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative Propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Stem cutting

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Fruits are eaten raw when ripe.

  • As Medicine: Lantana oil is used to treat skin itches, chicken pox and ulcers; oil is also used as an antiseptic for wounds

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Eaten raw.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Leaf extracts exhibit antimicrobial, fungicidal, insecticidal and nematicidal activity.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Relieves Gastric troubles, fistula, tumours, malaria, rheumatic aches and pains

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Can be used in traditional herbal medicines to treat skin itches, chicken pox and ulcers; oil is used as an antiseptic for wounds; stem pulp can be used to make paper.


  • Tribal Recipe: Add leaves to a pot of water and let it boil, then simmer to extract compounds from the leaves. Let it steep, then strain.