Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Zingiberales

Zingiberaceae - Ginger family

Lock, J.M. (1985) Zingiberaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Lock, J.M. (2010) Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) 120-140

Description of the family

Perennial herbs, usually with creeping rhizomes. Leaves alternate and 2-rowed, with a sheath enclosing the stem. Lamina relatively broad (for monocotyledons), narrowing into a false petiole. Inflorescence racemose. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, 3-merous. Calyx tubular or spathaceous. Petals 3, fused into a perianth tube below. Androecium composed of a single, often petaloid, stamen, and a large petaloid variously lobed labellum formed from 2 fused staminodes. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Style and stigma 1.

Worldwide: 52 genera and 1,100 species, tropical, especially Indomalesia.

Zimbabwe: 7 cultivated genera and 12 cultivated taxa.

Hedychium gardnerianum

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Alpinia Roxb.
Costus L.Description
Curcuma L.
Elettaria Maton
Globba L.Description, Image
Hedychium J. KönigDescription, Image
Zingiber Boehm.

Other sources of information about Zingiberaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Zingiberaceae
Flora of Malawi: Zingiberaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Zingiberaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Zingiberaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Zingiberaceae
Flora of Zambia: Zingiberaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Zingiberaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Zingiberaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Zingiberaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Zingiberaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=239, retrieved 27 August 2016

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