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Curved-Stem Ginger   
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Curved-Stem Ginger
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Curved-Stem Ginger, Nodding-stem ginger • Gujarati: જંગલી આદું jungali aadu • Marathi: रान आले raan-ale
Botanical name: Zingiber cernuum    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Curved-Stem Ginger is a large perennial herb, 1-2 m tall, with curved stem. Leaves are 15-30 cm, narrow-elliptic, long-pointed. Flowers are borne in spikes 5-10 cm long, directly from the rootstock, rising just above the ground. Bracts are 2-3 cm long, greenish-yellow. Sepal cup is shortly 3-lobed. Flowers are creamish, variegated with red, with the lib broad and 3-lobed. Stamen is one with short filament. Style is threadlike. Flowers open at night. Capsules are 1 cm long, smooth with red, channeled seeds. Curved-Stem Ginger is found in the evergreen forests of Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed at Olavan, near Dajipur, Maharashtra.
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