Dear Bindu ji,
You are possibly right. Tropical garden plants by Bose,Chowdhury & Sharma (published 1991) gives following account:
L.speciosa: (syn. L. flos-reginae) Flowers wide open, 5-7 cm across on large panicles 30-45 cm long at the tip of the branches;petals mostly six, about 3 cm longclawed, rounded & crumpled, spreading, mauve in colour.
L.speciosa, type 'Magnifica': A type also seen with larger leaves, longer spikes & larger flowers, often termed as L.speciosa 'Magnifica'
L.speciosa 'Rosea': This iis a variety of the species having shorter height, compact crown, smaller leaves & rose-coloured flowers on smaller spikes.
L.thorellii: A dwarf & bushy tree, 6-8m high...... Flowers nearly 3 cm across, in large, terminal panicles 30-40 cm long; mauve, fading to almost white, thus giving a bi-colour effect.
Although I am just an amateur, but you see there is constant churning even in scientific naming, as more & more studies are made & earlier observations modified. Some species which were earlier different are merged & vice versa.
On 7/30/07, bindu kapadia <bind...@gmail.com> wrote:
Beautiful photographs.But i am still of the opinion that L.speciosa-Jarul or Queens and Pride of India are DIFFERENT Both grow in Mumbai and i have noted them.Flowers of the Queen's are the largest and they are of the uniform colour --dark or pale,fresh or withered. Whereas the flowers of the pride of india are smaller and as shown in your Banglore walk links are of three
shades.The oldest,the palest like that.Even leaves are different-.smaller in size comparatively
Anyways you might be right but i am not satisfied.
Do let me know if you come across something in future.