Family Lythraceae

Lagestroemia-speciosaLagerstroemia speciosa

India to Sulawesi. Deciduous, shedding leaves, every 9 months or so, leaves wither red. Flowers deep mauve pink. Inner wood, next to bark, turns distinct mauve/purple if exposed to air. Growth of branches is checked at each terminal flowering, so crown tends to be low and bushy. In forest, when flowering is delayed, a very tall tree.