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Genus: Lagerstroemia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Lythraceae

About 50 species, native to Asia, Australia and Oceania. Four species are cultivated in southern Africa as ornamental trees in gardens.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lagerstroemia floribunda var. brevifolia

Indigenous from China to Thailand.


Lagerstroemia indica (Pride-of-India)

Indigenous from India to Japan.

Lagerstroemia reginae (Queen crape myrtle)

Indigenous from India to New Guinea.


Lagerstroemia speciosa

Indigenous from China to Australia.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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