Red Narrow-Pinecone Ginger
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Red Narrow-Pinecone Ginger
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Red Narrow-Pinecone Ginger
Botanical name: Zingiber neotruncatum var. ramsawmii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Red Narrow-Pinecone Ginger is a perennial herb, with rhizome fleshy with pleasant aroma. Leafy shoots are 1-1.5 m tall, bearing 20-24 leaves at anthesis; pseudostem 40-70 cm long, purplish brown. Leaves are narrowly ovate, 5-45 x 1-6.5 cm, above green, hairless and shiny, below light green, velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in a narrow pinecone like spike, 6-12 x 4.5-6.8 cm, arising from the root, with flowers opening one at a time. Sterile bracts are 4-5, broadly ovate, bright red up to the middle, cream with reddish tinge at base; bracts 12-20, each enclosing a single flower, ovate, 3-3.5 x 2-2.5 cm, bright red up to the middle; bracteoles narrowly ovate, 3-3.2 x 1-1.2 cm, creamy yellow with reddish tinge at tip. Flowers are 7-8 cm long; sepal-cup 2-2.3 x 1.5-1.7 cm, cream, hyaline with reddish teeth, tip trifid. Flower-tube is 4.5-5 cm long, creamy yellow, dorsal petal narrowly ovate, 3.2-3.5 x 0.5-0.7 cm. Red Narrow-Pinecone Ginger is known only from Mizoram.

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

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