Lagerstroemia flosreginae


Synonym ► L. speciosa (L.) Pers. L. reginae Roxb.

Laggera alata Sch.- Bip. ex Oliver. 359

Family ► Lythraceae.

Habitat ► Tropical Himalaya, and Assam, Western and Eastern Ghats, up to 1,000 m.

English ► Pride of India, Queen's Flowers, Queen Crape Myrtle.

Siddha/Tamil ► Kadalai, Pumaruttu.

Folk ► Jaarul. Kramuk and Arjun are confusing synonyms.

Action ► Seed—narcotic. Root— astringent, stimulant, febrifuge. Fruit—used for aphthae of the mouth. Leaves—purgative, diuretic, deobstruent. Bark—an infusion is given in diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

A decoction of the leaves, also of dried fruits, is used like tea for diabetes mellitus in Philippines. Mature leaves and fruits, in fresh condition, exhibit hypoglycaemic activity experimentally The potency decreases on storing the material.

The leaf extract, when administered as powder and as tannin-free extract, showed hypoglycaemic activity in mice. Amino acids constitute the insulin-like principle. The plant contains triterpenoids, colocolic acid and maslinic acid. Colocolic acid is known to possess hypoglycaemic activity.

Leaves contain lageracetal and sitos-terol. Ellagitannins have been isolated from fruits and leaves.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Herbs 101

Herbs 101

Learn what you can do with herbs! How to Plant, Grow, and Cook with Natural Herbs. Have you always wanted an herb garden but didn't know how to get started? Do you want to know more about growing your own herbs in the privacy of your home and using them in a variety of cooking?

Get My Free Ebook


  • gustava
    How to plant lagerstroemia flosreginae?
    8 years ago

Post a comment