Botanical name: Lagerstroemia parviflora Family: Lythraceae (Crape Bottlebrush family)
Small Flowered Crape Myrtle is a very common tree both in the moist and dry deciduous forest in many parts of India. It is a light demander, drought resistant, non-browsable and fire-resistant species. Leaves are oblong to ovate-pointed, pale on the underside. Small white flowers are borne in 2-6 flowers clusters in leaf axils and at the end of branches. Petals are flattish, shortly clawed. Six outers stamens are longer than the rest. Fruit is a leathery capsule surrounded below by a persistent sepal-cup, oblong, 2.0 to 3 cms long, 3 to 4 celled, 3 to 6 valved. Seeds are winged. Small Flowered Crape Myrtle is also found in the Himalayan foothills, up to 1000 m elevation. The tree yields a useful timber called Ben-teak. Flowering: April-June.
Identification credit: Dimple Bhati
The flower labeled Small Flowered Crape Myrtle is ...