1342.000 Hedychium J. König

Description of the genus

Herbs to 2(-3) m. Leaves distichous. Inflorescence terminal, showy. Calyx tubular. Corolla tube slender; petals long and narrow, reflexed. Labellum 2-lobed, showy. Lateral stamens petaloid, showy. Filaments usually long and slender; anthers without a crest. Capsule spherical or oblong, often red or orange inside.

Derivation of name: From Greek: hedys meaning sweet and chios meaning snow, referring to the fragrant white flower of the type species Hedychium coronarium.

Worldwide: c. 70-80 species occurring in Madagascar, Indomalesia and Himalayas; some naturalised elsewhere

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

Hedychium gardnerianum

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coccineum Sm.
coronarium J. König
gardnerianum Ker Gawl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hedychium:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Hedychium

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

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: Hedychium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=395, retrieved 31 January 2023

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