Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1870

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare in the wild, commonly cultivated, persistent & weakly spreading

Look for it where it is persistent around old plantings, weakly spreading, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White/Pink/Red
Bisexual
6 petals
36-42 stamens, dimorphic
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lagerstroemia indica   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lagerstroemia indica   FAMILY Lythraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Crape-myrtle


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JK Marlow    jkm110320_162

March    Greenville County    SC

The scaling, darker outer bark reveals smooth, gray to pinkish inner bark, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0408b_07

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm060806_011

August    Greenville County    SC

Stamens 36-42, dimorphic, per Flora of China.

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JK Marlow    jkm060806_013

August    Greenville County    SC

The flowers have crinkled petals, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Paul Thompson    pstlagerstroemia_spp

September?        

L. indica on the right