Striped Ginger
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Striped Ginger
P Introduced Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Striped Ginger
Botanical name: Alpinia vittata    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Alpinia tricolor, Alpinia sanderae

Striped Ginger is a tropical, clumping perennial plant that grows from a rhizome. The stems are pseudo-stems, they are made up of many layers, which are leaf sheaths, tightly compressed together. It is growing up to 50 cm tall indoor and has green pale, 20 cm long leaves edged and banded from the centre to the margin with cream or white stripes. The leaves are more or less lanceshaped, arranged in two ranks on the reed-like pseudo-stems. These plant rarely flower in cultivation. In the ground in warm climates it can grow to 1.5 m tall or more, but tends to stay smaller if grown in pots. Large clumps produce drooping pink flowers. Flower clusters are 18-25 cm long. They form only on two years old stems consisting in a pendant branched spike carried at branch-endsly on a leafy stem. Striped Ginger is cultivated mainly for its beautiful and striking foliage. Striped Ginger is native to Dominican Republic, Fiji, Leeward Is., Solomon Is., Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Islands.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in JNTBGRI, Palode, Kerala.

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