Dancing Girl Ginger
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Dancing Girl Ginger
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Dancing Girl Ginger
Botanical name: Globba schomburgkii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Dancing Girl Ginger is a beautiful ginger, native to E. India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and S. China. Pseudostems are 30-50 cm long. Leaves are 5 or 6, carried on stalk about 5 mm long. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, 15-20 × 3-4.5 cm, hairless, base blunt, apex falling off. Beautiful yellow flowers are borne in a pendulous raceme or thyrse, 3-11 cm long. Bracts are lanceshaped, 0.6-1.2 cm. Cincinni, if present, 1-2.5 cm, laxly 2- to many flowered. Bulblets are present, globose or ovoid, 2-4 mm in diameter, tuberculate. Flowers are yellow or wholly reduced. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 4-5 mm. Flower tube is 0.8-1 cm long, with ovate petals. Lateral staminodes are lanceolate, curved. Lip is yellow, orange spotted at base, narrowly cuneate, tip 2-cleft. Filament is curved, about 1 cm, anther with 2 winglike appendages on each side. Ovary is tuberculate. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ganesh Villa, Kalimpong, West Bengal.
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