Hedychium spicatum

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Spiked Ginger Lily
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium
Species: H. spicatum
Binomial name
Hedychium spicatum
Sm. in A.Rees
  • Gandasulium spicatum (Sm.) Kuntze
  • Hedychium acuminatum Roscoe
  • Hedychium trilobum Wall. ex Roscoe
  • Hedychium flavescens Lodd. ex Lindl. 1852, illegitimate homonym, not Carey ex Roscoe 1824
  • Hedychium album Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.
  • Hedychium sieboldii Wall.
  • Hedychium spicatum var. acuminatum (Roscoe) Wall.
  • Hedychium spicatum var. trilobum (Wall. ex Roscoe) Wall.
  • Hedychium tavoyanum Horan.
  • Gandasulium sieboldii (Wall.) Kuntze
  • Hedychium spicatum var. khasianum C.B.Clarke ex Baker in J.D.Hooker

Hedychium spicatum is a plant species native to China (Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan), the Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand and Ethiopia.[1][2]

Hedychium spicatum is a small, hardy perennial that grows to around 1 m, with green leaves and large orange and white flowers. It is also commonly known as Spiked Ginger Lily, or Perfume ginger; with foreign names of Sandharlika संधार्लिका (Hindi), Kapur kachri कपूर कचरी (Hindi), and Takhellei (Manipuri), Cao Guo Yao 草果药 (Mandarin), Afer kocher (Amharic).


The aromatic dried root of this plant is often used as an incense in Ethiopia.


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