Mizoram Ginger
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Mizoram Ginger
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Mizoram Ginger • Mizo: Ai-chhia
Botanical name: Zingiber mizoramensis    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Mizoram Gingeris a newly described (2015) terrestrial herb with rhizomes close to the soil surface, small, branched, creamy pale inside, roots many, fleshy, without tubers, odorless. Flowers are produced directly from the rhizome, 1-2 per plant; flower-cluster-stalk prostrate, 1.0-1.5 cm long; spike ovate or nearly spherical, 4-5 x 2.5-3.0 cm, with 12-16 floral bracts; bracts oblong-obovate, reddish, 2.0-4.0 x 1.0-2.0 cm; bracteoles oblong, 2.2-3.0 x 0.8-1.0 cm, creamy white and red tinged at base and tip, margin incurved, tip flat, hairless. Flowers are 7-9 cm long; sepal-cup 1.5-2.0 x 0.3-0.5 cm, tubular, tritoothed at apical portion, unilaterally split, white with slight pinkish tinge, hairless; flower tube slender, white, hairless, petals are nearly equal; dorsal petals 3-4 x 0.80-1.25 cm, lanceshaped, purplish pink with white base, tip tapering; lateral petals 2.5-2.8 x about 0.5 cm, lanceshaped, purplish pink with white base; lip 2.5−3.0 x 1.5−2.5 cm, trilobed, purplish with creamy white spots and streaks. Anthers are stalkless, thecae parallel, 1.2 x 0.4 cm; connective and crest 1.00-1.25 cm long, creamy white with purplish spots at tip; style 2.5 cm long, thread-like, stigma funnel shaped. Leafy shoots are 1.0-1.5 m tall, erect, thick, enclosed with grayish green sheaths, hairless or sparsely hairy. Leaves are 15-22, all green, stalks about 0.5 cm, whitish green. Blades are 20-30 x 3-6 cm, linear, oblong-lanceshaped, above dark green, smooth, hairless, below off-green. Mizoram Ginger is only known from Mizoram.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Sihphir area, Mizoram.

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