Synonym:Lagerstroemia major Retz.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Jarul, Kantajarul, Bonjarul, Paniajarul.
Tribal name: Khamong-paa (Chak), Kha mong (Mogh), Kha mong pa (Marma).
English name:Crepe flower, Queen flower, Pride of India, Indian lilac.
Description of the plant: A medium-sized to large much branched deciduous tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, 10-20 cm long, acuminate at the apex, acute to rounded at the base. Inflorescence a terminal panicle; flowers large, showy, mauve-purple, 5-7 cm across. Fruit a capsule, ellipsoid or sub-globose.
Plant parts used: Leaf, bark, fruit, root.
Herbal uses: A decoction made with the barks of the plant is advised to take once a day (50 ml amount) for 30 days to treat anaemia.
Leaf decoction or infusion isused for bladder and kidney inflammation, dysuria, and other urinary dysfunctions.
Roots have been used for a variety of stomach ailments.
A fresh juice extracted from the barks of the plant is taken twice a day for three days to treat flatulence.
Decoction prepared from the dried fruits of the plant is used to treat diabetes.
Decoction of bark is advised to treat diarrhoea.
Pea-sized pills made with barks of the plant are taken twice a day (one pill each time) for one month to treat general weakness.
Pea-sized pills made with the barks of the plant are taken thrice a day until the tetanus is cured.
Distribution: It is found throughout the country.
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