Long-Flowered Fingerroot   
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Long-Flowered Fingerroot
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Long-Flowered Fingerroot, Rosy Orchid Ginger
Botanical name: Boesenbergia longiflora    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Curcumorpha longiflora, Gastrochilus longiflorus,

Long-Flowered Fingerroot is a plant up to 50-60 cm tall. Roots are robust, finger-like. Leaf blade is green, ovate, 8-12 cm long, 5-9 cm broad, base heart-shaped. tip cuspidate. Flowers are borne at the base, on separate shoots arising from the rhizomes. Bracts are ovate, 2-4 cm, hairy. tip long-pointed. Flowers are 1-2, arising from the base, on separate shoots from the rhizome. Flower tube is 5-7.6 cm long, very slender, much longer than the bracts, segments 1.25-2.5 cm, white, shorter than the white staminodes. The lip is obovate-wedge-shaped, about 3 x 1.8-2 cm, and has prominent pink markings inside. Calyx is 1-2 cm. Lateral staminodes are ovate, equaling corolla lobes. Filament very short; anther ca. 1 cm; connective broad, appendage linear. Stigma thickened. Long-Flowered Fingerroot is found in Eastern Himalayas, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, at altitudes of 1100-1900 m.
Medicinal uses: The rhizomes of Long-Flowered Fingerroot have been traditionally used in treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, aphthous ulcer and abscess.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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