Lagerstroemia indica Linn., Syst. ed. 10:1076. 1759. Roxb., l.c. 505; C.B. Clarke, l.c. 575; Brandis, l.c. 338; Bamber, Pl. Punj. 53.1916; Bailey, l.c. 1775; Parker, l.c. 255; Furtado & Montien, l.c. 190.
Shrub, rarely arborescent, 2-3 (-6) m tall. Leaves variable, usually obovate, obtuse, 1-6.7 cm long, 6-35 mm broad. Panicles 6-15 cm long. Hypanthium 4-7 mm long, 7-10 mm broad, ± glabrous. Epicalyx lacking. Sepals 3.5-6 mm long, 2.5-5 mm broad, in fruit erect, herbaceous. Petals blade 1.6-2.5 cm long, 1.4-1.6 cm broad, claw 8-11 mm long. Capsule 10-12 mm in diameter.
Fl.Per.: Spring and summer months.
Type: Described from India. Herb. Linn. 684/1(LINN).
Distribution: Extensively planted in the sub-continent.
Many varieties of Crepe Myrtle, differing in flower colour, are commonly cultivated in plains and foothills as road-side and garden shrubs.