Peacock Ginger
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Peacock Ginger
ntroduced Herb elliptic Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Peacock Ginger
Botanical name: Kaempferia laotica      Family: Zingiberaceae (ginger family)

Native to Southeast Asia, Peacock Ginger has oval shaped leaves up to about 6 in across and 8 in in length that lie almost flat on the ground or just a few inches above ground. The leaves are light to medium green and most have intricate patterns in colors of burgundy and bronze. The flowers are not showy and last only a short time. They are small, four-petaled, and violet to purple in color. There are an estimated fifty species of Kaempferia generally known as the "peacock gingers" for their colorful leaves.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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