Lagerstroemia calyculata can be translated from the Vietnamese name (Bằng lăng ổi) as the "guava crape myrtle" (Thai: ตะแบก Tabaek); the name is derived from its very characteristic mottled flaky bark. It is a species of flowering plant in the Lythraceae family and found in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
It is a medium-sized tree growing up to a height between 10 and 20 m. Like other species of the same genus, it is quite common as a decorative tree in the parks of Thailand owing to its beautiful bunches of pink flowers. Its wood has a low commercial value, which is why it thought to have maintained the forest structure in previously logged parts of Cat Tien National Park, where it may constitute >25% of tree counts.
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