Neesam Ginger
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Neesam Ginger
P Native Photo: Maniruddin Dhabak
Common name: Neesam Ginger
Botanical name: Zingiber neesanum    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Alpinia neesana, Zingiber diwakarianum

Neesam Ginger is characterized by flowers borne in spikes 6-25 cm long, which can be as large as 45 cm. Flowers are longer than the bracts, 4-6 cm long, one per bract. Flowers are yellow, with lip dark yellow, mid-lobe ovate, longer than the lateral lobes and deeply cut upto 3/4th. Red spots form two lines for each segment. Leafy shoot is 0.5-2.2 m tall, erect, thick, fleshy, basal region purplish red and upper part purplish red with green tinge. Leaves are shortly stalked, 7-35 cm long, 2-6 cm wide, lanceshaped, entire, tip long-pointed. Neesam Ginger is found in the Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Viplav Gangar, Dinesh Valke, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Maharashtra.

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