1341.000 Zingiber Boehm.

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

Description of the genus

Herbs, rhizomes branched, tuberous, aromatic; pseudostems erect, leafy. Leaves distichous, held in a plane parallel to rhizome; lamina oblong to linear; petiole swollen. Inflorescence conical, arising from rhizomes on peduncle clothed in scale-like sheaths, rarely breaking through leaf sheaths without peduncle; bracts closely imbricate, green or coloured, 1-flowered, persistent; bracteoles not tubular; calyx tubular, split on one side, apex 3-toothed; corolla tube slender, mid-lobe white or cream, usually wider than lateral lobes. Fruit capsules, loculicidally or irregularly dehiscent. Seeds black, covered by white aril.

Worldwide: Species 142 in tropical and sub-tropical Asia.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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officinale Roscoe
zerumbet L.

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Flora of Zambia: cultivated Zingiber

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zingiber
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zingiber
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zingiber
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Zingiber
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iNaturalist: Zingiber
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zingiber
JSTOR Plant Science: Zingiber
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zingiber
Plants of the World Online: Zingiber
Tropicos: Zingiber
Wikipedia: Zingiber

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Zingiber.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2161, retrieved 24 May 2024

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