Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle Crape Myrtle
Name: Crape Myrtle
Common Name: Crape Myrtle
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica
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Often called with name names crape myrtle, pride of india, savani, cheeni mehndi, phurush, Lagerstroemia Usually hard-pruned and kept down to an ornamental bush, but if left alone it grows into a small, multi-trunked tree with an open head and rofuse clusters of frily flowers in various colours. Originally from China, it has become immensely popular worldwide and has spawned a long line of cultivated hybrids.

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Bush: or small tree; deciduous
Bark: smooth, flaking off to expose grey underbank 
Leaves: are the smallest of Dehi's Logerstromias, broadly oval but somewhat variable; smooth; slightly paler undermeath. 
Flowers: in large showy clusters, while, pink or mauve; 6 petals with long 'claws', crisped at edges, often frilly stamens many. 6 outer ones longer than the rest
Fruit: a woody capsule. 10-15 mm long, roundish, shortpointed on top
FLOWERS: 4-5 cm wide with 6 nearly round petals intensely crisped at the edges and attached to the centre by slender 'claws'. There are up to 42 stamens, only 4-6 which are long. 
SEASONS-LEAFLESS: through most of the dry season till mid March or later. FLOWERING begins in mid May and lasts through the rains fruit start forming soon after flowering, and can remain till the next flowering season. 
Where to see it: A common bush planted for ornament on traffic roundabouts. Shanti Vana has a lot of bushes. There are far fewer trees in evidence, but occasionally, in not very well maintained gardens, you can get to see a crape myrtle tree that has been favoured by neglect.

 
 
 
 
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