Lagerstroemia speciosa: Giant Crepe Myrtle, Bungur Besar

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Lagerstroemia speciosa [Giant Crape-myrtle, Queen’s Crape-myrtle, Pride of India, Indonesian: Bungur besar] is a species of Lagerstroemia native to tropical southern Asia.

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It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 20 m tall, with smooth, flaky bark. In Southeast Asia, they can grow 50 to 60 feet. The leaves are deciduous, oval to elliptic, 8-15 cm long and 3-7 cm broad, with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in erect panicles 20-40 cm long, each flower with six white to purple petals 2-3.5 cm long.

Photos: Kebun Raya, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia [20061031];  Yishun Pond, Singapore [20160218]

Source: Wikipedia

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