Derivation of specific name
Bark smooth, usually grey, wood light red and hard.
In terminal panicles, mauve. Flowering from April-June.
A capsule, ellipsoid or sub globose, minutely apiculate. Seeds winged, pale brown. Fruiting from June onwards.
A large sized deciduous tree."
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Lagerstroemia speciosa
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It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with smooth, flaky bark. The leaves are deciduous, oval to elliptic, 8–15 cm (3.1–5.9 in) long and 3–7 cm (1.2–2.8 in) broad, with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in erect panicles 20–40 cm (7.9–15.7 in) long, each flower with six white to purple petals 2–3.5 cm (0.79–1.38 in) long.
Cultivation and uses
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Banabá has a long history of folkloric medical applications that include blood pressure control, urinary dysfunctions (helps ease urination), cholesterol level control, treatment of diarrhea, facilitates bowel movement, diabetes and as an analgesic.[unreliable source?] The chemical compounds that have been isolated from the extract include corosolic acid, lager-stroemin, flosin B, and reginin A. The leaves of the Banabá and other parts are used widely by the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan as a tea preparation. Banabá herb is one of the 69 herbal plants promoted by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH).
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- "Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers. pride of India." PLANTS Profile, United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
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- Eduardo B. Principe and Aurora S. Jose (2002). "Propagation Management Of Herbal and Medicinal Plants". Research Information Series On Ecosystems 14 (2). Retrieved 25 January 2013.
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- Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening 3: 10.
- P. Campagna. Farmaci vegetali. Minerva Medica ed. Torino 2008
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