Belongs within: Commelinidae.Contains: Zingiberaceae, Marantaceae. The Zingiberales are a clade of mostly very large-leaved tropical herbaceous plants. Prominent members include the bananas of the genus Musa and the birds of paradise of the genus Strelitzia. Species of Canna, Indian shot, are commonly cultivated for their broad foliage and showy flowers. Orchidantha is a Southeast Asian… Continue reading Zingiberales


Belongs within: Zingiberaceae. The Alpinieae are a pantropical clade within the Zingiberaceae. The large genera Alpinia, Amomum and Etlingera within the Alpinieae appear to be polyphyletic and are in need of revision. Economically significant members of the group include green cardamom Elettaria cardamomum and Amomum species producing black cardamom. Amomum species are an Indo-Australian genus… Continue reading Alpinieae


Belongs within: Zingiberales.Contains: Alpinieae, Zingibereae. The Zingiberaceae, gingers, are a pantropical family of rhizomatous, aromatic herbs (Smith 1987). Characters (from Smith 1987): Rhizomatous herbs with aromatic oil cells; rhizome usually fleshy, sympodial, each element terminating in a leafy or flowering shoot. Leaves few to many, entire, distichous; sheaths usually open on side opposite lamina. Inflorescence… Continue reading Zingiberaceae


Belongs within: Zingibereae. Hedychium is a southern Asian genus of gingers bearing flowers with exserted stamens (Smith 1987). Characters (from Smith 1987): Leaf shoots many-bladed. Inflorescence many-flowered, terminal on leafy shoot; bracts free, broad and imbricate, concealing main axis, or narrow and strap-shaped, each subtending three to six flowers; bracteoles tubular. Corolla tube slender; lobes… Continue reading Hedychium


Belongs within: Zingiberaceae.Contains: Hedychium. The Zingibereae are a clade of gingers in which the plane of distichy of the leaves is parallel to the rhizome, the ovary is trilocular with axial, basal or free columnar placentation, and the labellum is usually not connate to the filament (Kress et al. 2002). <==Zingibereae | i. s.: HaplochoremaKPW02… Continue reading Zingibereae