Dainty Ginger Lily
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Dainty Ginger Lily
ative Photo: Ganesh Mani Pradhan
Common name: Dainty Ginger Lily
Botanical name: Hedychium gracile    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Gandasulium gracile

Dainty Ginger Lily is an erect herb with leafy stem 2-3 ft tall with 5-10 cm long dainty spikes of greenish-white flowers with long red stamens. Bracts are 1.2 cm long green, cylindric, thin, smooth. Sepal cup is a little longer than the bract. Flower tube is 2.5 cm long, very slender. White petals are linear, nearly as long as the tube. Staminodes are very narrow, shorter than the petals. Lip is 1.2 cm, distinctly clawed. Stamen filament is 2.5 cm long, bright red, anther linear. Leaves are oblong-lanceshaped, 12.5-15 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, thin, hairless. Capsule is spherical, the size of a pea. Dainty Ginger Lily is found in eastern Himalayas, from Assam to Thailand, at altitudes of 1000-2000 m.

Identification credit: Ganesh Mani Pradhan Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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