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Crape aka Crepe Myrtle

Observed: 2nd September 2012 By: geff.2007geff.2007’s reputation in Plantsgeff.2007’s reputation in Plantsgeff.2007’s reputation in Plantsgeff.2007’s reputation in Plantsgeff.2007’s reputation in Plants

The earlier posting of a Silk Floss Tree reminded me that I had an unidentfied tree in my holiday photos, so i.d's please. It appears to have a eucalyptus type trunk and leaves but beautiful heads of pink flowers. Also very interesting buds or are they fruit? They were lining the river walkway along the Rhone at Tain L'Hermitage.

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geff.2007's picture

Don't know how you did it,

Don't know how you did it, Chalkie, but I am sure you are correct, especially as Wikipedia says it is common in the South of France. Never seen it before in 30+ years!They seem to prefer the name Crape Myrtle. Many thanks

David Trevan's picture

Lagerstroemia indica

There is a good illustration of it in "Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean" by Blamey and Grey-Wilson.It is native to China.

David J Trevan

Chalkie's picture

he he!

Well I was pretty pleased with myself, as I've never actually see anything like that. I put this into google: "'5 sepals' long-stalked petals pink opposite leaves" (or maybe I changed it to clawed petals, can't remember now) and then looked at the photos that came up until I saw one that looked like it.

My first thoughts had been rhododendron, horse chestnut and bougainvillea. Rather wide-ranging, and it didn't actually look much like any of them. It was fun tracking it down though.

It's an impressive ornamental tree.

Oh, and I did see the spelling crape, but decided it was probably the US spelling, (crape paper - I'd spell crepe paper) so I ignored it on purpose!

geff.2007's picture

Great, thanks to all of you -

Great, thanks to all of you - I must say it made a nice change from bourgainvillea and oleander.