Lagerstroemia indica

Lagerstroemia indica (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Myrtales
Familia: Lythraceae
Genus: Lagerstroemia
Species: Lagerstroemia indica

Name

Lagerstroemia indica L.

References

* Syst. nat. ed. 10, 2:1076. 1759
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. 21393


Vernacular names

Ελληνικά Λαγκεστρέμια η ινδική
English: Crape myrtle
Galego: Árbore de Xúpiter
lea faka-Tonga: kilisimasi
Türkçe: Oya ağacı, İspanyol leylağı
中文: 紫薇

Lagerstroemia indica (Crape myrtle, Crepe myrtle) is a species in the genus Lagerstroemia in the family Lythraceae.

From China, Korea and Japan, Lagerstroemia indica is an often multistemmed, deciduous tree with a wide spreading, flat topped, open habit when mature.

The bark is a prominent feature being smooth, pinkinsh-gray and mottled, shedding each year. Leaves are small and dark green changing to yellow and orange in autumn.

Flowers are white, pink, mauve, purple or carmine with crimped petals, in panicles up to 9cm.

Lagerstroemia indica is frost tolerant, prefers full sun and will grow to 6 metres with a spread of 6 metres.

Many hybrid cultivars have been developed between L. indica and L. faueri

References

* Flora, The Gardeners Bible, ABC Publishing, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, 2005

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