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Lagerstroemia speciosa Queen's flower Bungur Lythraceae

Lagerstroemia speciosa, Queen's flower, Lythraceae, Bungur


Lagerstroemia speciosa, Queen's flower, Lythraceae, Bungur	Queens flower
Queen crape myrtle
This deciduous species from the humid jungles of India, Sri Lanka and Burma can reach a height of 80 ft (24 m) in the wild, with a single trunk and a spreading broad head. It has long, leathery leaves that turn copper red in fall (autumn) before dropping. Very showy panicles of large, rose-pink to lilac and lavender-purple flowers are borne from summer to fall. The bark is shed in irregular patches, giving the smooth gray trunk an attractive yellowish, mottled appearance.
Cultivation: They thrive in full sun in well-drained, humus-rich soil. They need shelter from strong summer winds, which will destroy the delicate flowers. Propagate from cuttings in summer or from seed in spring.
Medicinal applications: roots are used for stomach problems.
Tea of the leaves is used against diabetes mellitus and for weight loss.
The leaves are able to lower blood sugar due to, among other phytochemicals -, corosolic acid (triterpenoid glycoside).
It helps the body handling glucose and as such also effective in weight loss.