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: 3 genera and 6 taxa.

Siphonochilus kirkii - yellow-flowered form

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Aframomum K. Schum.Description, Image
Hedychium J. K├ÂnigDescription, Image
Siphonochilus J.M. Wood & FranksDescription, Image

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Other sources of information about Zingiberaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: Zingiberaceae
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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: cultivated Zingiberaceae

External websites:

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

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: Family page: Zingiberaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=239, retrieved 19 May 2024

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