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Crepe Myrtle
Lythraceae
Lagerstroemia indica


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Lythraceae Family

Lagerstroemia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Giant Crape Myrtle, Crape Myrtle, Banaba (Philippines), Queen's Flower, Pride of India, Cuddle Tree, Sarusuberi (Japanese)


Location

Photographed in Greenwood, Delaware
Range:Native to East Asia, India and Australia. Has become established in the warmest parts of the United States and other areas throughout the world

Physical Description
The common crapemyrtle is a deciduous, small to medium sized shrub or small tree with a variable, moderately dense habit, often multi-stemmed form. The showy flowers have wrinkled petals like crepe paper and vary in colors from white, pink, lavender, purple to red. The foliage is dark green changing in fall to yellows, oranges, and reds. The thin gray bark is exfoliating, exposing a smooth, vari-colored under bark ranging from brown to gray. It needs plenty of moisture when young. After it is established it will tolerate drought and grow well in limited soil spaces. During the growing season, new growth can be pinched to increase flower number and branchiness. The branches will droop as the tree grows. The lower branches are often thinned to show off the trunk form and color.


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Lythraceae
Myrtales
Myrtales
Order of Myrtles
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Banaba has been used in Filipino folkloric herbal medicine for the treatment of diabetes for centuries. It is now gaining popularity and getting recognition as a herbal medicine not only in the Philippines but worldwide.Other effects observed with the use of Banaba leaf included lowering of blood cholesterol levels and the moderation of liver lipid levels.
Banaba may reduce the appetite and craving for breads and sweets. Banaba contains high concentrations of dietary fiber and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. The leaves can be boiled and taken daily as tea.
The timber of some species has been used to manufacture bridges, furniture and railway sleepers.



Crepe Myrtle
Flowering branch



Crepe Myrtle
New fruit forming



Crepe Myrtle
Previous years seedpods



Crepe Myrtle
Bush

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