Lagerstroemia indica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Lagerstroemia indica L.
  • Common Name : Crape-Myrtle, Chinai Mehndi, Lalit
  • Plant Family : Lythraceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 22
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Lagerstroemia indica Plant :

  • Habit : A small, deciduous shrub.
  • Leaves : Alternate or sub-opposite, oblong or ovate, entire, acute, mucronate.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers showy, of every sade from white, pink, red, purple to crimson in terminal panicles. Calyx bell-shaped, red, lobes valvate.
    • Petals 6, inserted at the top of the calyx-tube between  the teeth, crumpled, clawed.
    • Stamens many, 6 longer than the rest.
    • Ovary superior, sessile, at the base of the calyx-tube, style incurved, stigma capitate.
  • Fruit : Capsules tipped with style base, seeds many.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-July
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens, as one of the most beautiful shrubs.