Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers.
Synonym : Munchausia speciosa L.
Family : Lythraceae
Local Names : Poomaruthu, Pride of India, Queen of flowers
Flowering and fruiting period: March – November
Habitat: Semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, mostly along banks of streams; also planted as avenue tree
IUCN status: Data Deficient
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 India to cure mouth ulcers. The roots are also considered astringent and the seeds narcotic.
Key Characters: 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.