Small Flowered Crape Myrtle
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Small Flowered Crape Myrtle
ative Photo: Dimple Bhati
Common name: Small Flowered Crape Myrtle • Assamese: Sida, ধৌলি Dhauli • Garo: Bolsidai, Sidai, Bol sidai • Hindi: Dhaura, Lendia, Bakli, Sidi • Kannada: ಚನ್ನಂಗಿ Chanangi, ಚನ್ನಂಗ Channanga, Ventaku, Bhutara • Khasi: Dieng lang sing • Malayalam: Ventekku, Cheemangi • Marathi: Lende, Bondga, Bondara • Nepali: बोट धयाँरो Bot Dhayanro, हाडे Haade • Oriya: Solokha • Tamil: Chenangi, Chinnanchi, Kaccaikkattai, • Telugu: Chinangi, Chennangi
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia parviflora    Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle 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 Photographed in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh.

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