Common name: Ben Teak • Marathi: नाणा Nana • Tamil: Chennangi, Vevala, Venthekku • Malayalam: Venthekku, Vellialvu • Kannada: Bili nandi, Bendeku
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia microcarpa Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle family)
Synonyms: Lagerstroemia lanceolata
Benteak is a deciduous tree, native to the moist forests of Western Ghats,
growing to 10-15 m tall. The bark is ash colored and peels off in strips.
Oppositely arranged elliptic-lancelike leaves are 6-10 cm long, with 1 cm
long stalks. Flowers are borne in large compound panicles, 20-30 cm long.
Flowers are small, white, 1 cm across, with 6 oblong petals 6 mm long.
Capsule is ellipsoid, 1-2 cm long. Seeds are winged. Flowering: May-June.
Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|