Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Lagerstroemia archeriana F.M.Bailey
Bailey, F.M. (1883) A Synopsis of the Queensland Flora : 196. Type: Found on the Palmer River by Mr. J.C. Baird.
Queensland Crepe Myrtle; Crepe Myrtle; Native Crepe Myrtle
A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Living bark layer quite thin. Inner blaze and cambial layer turning pink or purplish on exposure. Deciduous; leafless for a period in September or October.
Leaf blades about 7-17 x 2-5 cm. Petioles short. Stipules visible on young shoots, small, with a short swollen base and abruptly tapering into a small, prickle-like tip. Lateral veins curved throughout their length, sometimes forming loops inside the blade margin. Bark on the larger twigs tending to be scaly and/or slightly stringy.
Occurs in WA, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in monsoon forest and gallery forest. Also occurs in New Guinea and other islands in Malesia.
This widespread tree which usually occurs in drier forests is already in cultivation. This species has horticultural merit producing large numbers of mauve, pink or purple flowers which are large and showy.