Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers.
|English Name:||Pride of India|
|Synonym:||Munchausia speciosa L.|
|Common Name:||Queen of flowers|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||March - November|
|Habitat:||Semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, mostly along banks of streams; also planted as avenue tree|
|Uses:||Ornamental, avenue plant, timber yielding. Leaves are used in the Philippines as a folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes and kidney diseases. The fruit are used in India to cure mouth ulcers. The roots are also considered astringent and the seeds narcotic.|
|Key Characteristics:||This plant is a deciduous tree with bark yellowish-brown, smooth. Leaves simple, opposite, oblong, ovate-lanceolate, margin entire. Flowers bisexual, mauve or pink, in terminal panicles; inflorescence branches puberulous. Calyx tube hemispherical; lobes 6, triangular. Petals 6, obovate, clawed, margins crispate. Stamens many, inserted near the base of the calyx tube. Ovary half inferior, sessile, ovules many; style curved; stigma capitate. Fruit is a capsule, ovoid, brown, woody, dehiscent; seeds, winged, pale brown.|