Jarul, Pride of India, Lagerstroemia speciosa

Jarul or Pride of India (Lagerstroemia speciosa, family: Lythraceae) is a deciduous tree native to South and Southeast Asia. The species name 'speciosa' derives from its very attractive purple-colored showy flowers. By the by, the Latin word speciosa means beautiful.  

Common names: Giant crape-myrtle, Pride of India.

Leaves are green, entire, elliptical or lanceolate, 10-20 cm long and 4-8 cm wide. Bark color is grey.

Inflorescence raceme flowers are medium-sized, purple in color. Flower 5-7 cm across, have 5 petals with numerous stamens in the middle. It gives flower early in the summer. 

The round to oval-shaped fruit is  2-3 cm in diametre. When mature it becomes very dry and splits in 6 pieces. Propagation of the plant is caused by seeds.

Parrot loves its fruits very much!

The leaf and bark of lagerstroemia speciosa are laxative stimulant. The decoction made from these can prevent fever. The plant is water tolerating, so it is suitable for marshy areas and can be planted beside lake and pond.