Wild Ginger
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Wild Ginger
ative Photo: Dimple Bhati
Common name: Wild Ginger • Assamese: Bon Ada • Hindi: Jangali adrak
Botanical name: Zingiber capitatum    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Wild Ginger is an erect perennial herb, 1-1.5 m tall. Rootstock is a rhizome which emits long fleshy tuber-bearing roots. Leaves are stalkless, 30-40 cm long, 1-1.8 cm wide, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, smooth above, velvety beneath. Flowers are borne in a red spike at the end of stem, 10-30 cm long. Stalk carrying the spike is hairy. Bracts are 3-6.5 x 1-1.5 cm, linear, lanceshaped to oblong-obtuse, velvety, ultimately red. Actual flowers are yellow. Sepal cup is 2-3 cm long, spathe-like, velvety. Petals are 3 cm long, mid-lobe of the lip is circular, 1.5 cm broad. Lateral lobes are oblong. Capsules are oblong, 1.5-2 cm long. Wild Ginger is found in the Himalayan region (Kumaun to Sikkim), Assam, Maydhya Pradesh and many other parts of India Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Dimple Bhati
Photographed in Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh.
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