African Rose Ginger
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African Rose Ginger
P Introduced Photo: Susmita Basu
Common name: African Rose Ginger
Botanical name: Siphonochilus kirkii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Kaempferia kirkii, Kaempferia rosea

African Rose Ginger is a perennial herb, growing from a short thick rhizome. Leaves are almost fully developed at the time of flowering.Flowers are borne in a (up to) 15-flowered inflorescence on a separate shoot from the base of the leaves. Flowers are short-lived, appearing in succession, large and showy, pink with a white centre. The large lip has a yellow nectar guide with or without a dark purple mark on either side. Leaves are broadly elliptic, 2-5 times as long as broad, the leaf bases tapering to a long false leaf-stalk; ligule absent. African Rose Ginger is native to Africa, cultivated in India. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Susmita Basu Photographed in Kolkata.

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