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
Synonyms[1]
  • 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).

Uses[edit]

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

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