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Red Button Ginger   
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Red Button Ginger
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Red Button Ginger
Botanical name: Costus woodsonii    Family: Costaceae (Spiral Ginger family)

Red button ginger is a beautiful plant which has gently spiralled stems and grows to about a meter in height. The leaves are broadly elliptic, deep green, the bracts of the inflorescence are waxy red, and the flowers range from yellow to orange. This magnificent type of Ginger is very easy to grow and flower most of the year. The red button ginger was first collected in 1941 on Old Bank Island in Panama. The plant was renamed in 1972 to honor Dr. Robert Woodson who dedicated much of his life to the project of compiling the Flora of Panama under the auspices of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Chembur, Mumbai.
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