1353.000 Alpinia Roxb.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Herbs with creeping thick rhizomes; pseudostems numerous, well developed, rarely absent. Leaves many, lamina oblong or lanceolate. Inflorescence a terminal panicle, raceme or spike, dense or lax, covered by 1-3 spathulate involucral bracts when immature; bracts, when present, opening at base, rarely hooded, each subtending 1 flower or a cincinnus of 2-many flowers; bracteoles open at base, sometimes absent; calyx usually tubular, sometimes split on 1 side; corolla central lobe hooded, usually wider than lateral lobes. Fruit a capsule, usually globose, dry or fleshy, indehiscent or irregularly dehiscent. Seeds numerous, often angled, arillate.

Worldwide: Species 230; in tropical and sub-tropical Asia, Australia and Pacific islands.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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nutans (L.) Roscoe
purpurata (Vieill.) K. Schum.
zerumbet (Pers.) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Sm.Image

Other sources of information about Alpinia:

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Alpinia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Alpinia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alpinia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alpinia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alpinia
Wikipedia: Alpinia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alpinia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alpinia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Alpinia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2160, retrieved 27 March 2023

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