1342.000 Hedychium J. K├Ânig

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: 1 taxon.

Hedychium gardnerianum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
gardnerianum Ker Gawl.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hedychium:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hedychium

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Hedychium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=395, retrieved 28 February 2024

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