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, West Bengal
, Queen's Crape-myrtle
, Banabá Plant
Pride of India
) is a species of Lagerstroemia
native to tropical southern Asia
. It is a small to medium-sized tree
growing to 20 m tall, with smooth, flaky bark. The leaves
, oval to elliptic, 8-15 cm long and 3-7 cm broad, with an acute apex. The flowers
are produced in erect panicles
20-40 cm long, each flower with six white to purple petals 2-3.5 cm long.
Cultivation and uses
It is grown in South East Asia
and the Philippines
It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical areas.
Banaba extract is used as a natural health supplement and is made from the leaves of the banaba tree. Some research suggests that banaba extract may support blood sugar balance and weight loss. The primary active ingredient is corosolic acid, and there are also numerous possible synergists including lager-stroemin, flosin B and reginin A.