Lagerstroemia speciosa

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  • Botanical Name : Lagerstroemia speciosa (L) Pers
  • Synonyms : Lagerstroemia flos-reginae Retz.
  • Common Name : Pride of India, Queen Crape Myrtle, Queen's Flower, Taaman, Mota-Bondra
  • Plant Family : Lythraceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 17, 18
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation

About Lagerstroemia speciosa Plant :

  • Habit : A small tree.
  • Leaves : Opposite, oblong, lanceolate or elliptic, subacute, base acute or rounded, coriaceous.
  • Flowers :
    • Blue, very beautiful, in large panicles of many flowers, pedicels stout, hairy.
    • Calyx tubular, hairs white, ribbed with12-14 stout ridges.
    • Petals 6, purple, roundovate, clawed, much wavy and crumpled, spreading.
    • Stamens many, purple, inserted near the bottom of the calyx-tube much exserted.
    • Ovary 3-6 celled, superior, sessile, ovules many, placenta axile, style long bent, stigma capitate.
  • Fruit : Capsules with loculicdal dehiscence, seeds many, winged at apex.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : April - July
  • Significance :
    • Cultivated in the gardens and planted on the road sides.
    • The seeds are narcotic.
    • The plant is one of the most important timber trees of India.