Lagerstroemia parviflora Roxb

Family ► Lythraceae.

Habitat ► Almost throughout India, up to an altitude of 900 m, in the

Ayurvedic ► Siddhaka, Siddha, Syandana (provisional synonym).

Folk ► Dhauraa, Bakli. Chungi (Hyderabad). Lendia (trade).

Action ► Astringent, fungitoxic.

The bark and leaves contain tannin 7-10 and 16% respectively. The plant contains a pentacyclic triterpene, lag-florin. Aqueous extract of fresh and ethanolic extract of dried and powdered leaves exhibit fungitoxic activity against several fungal pathogens of rice.

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