Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K.Schum., Pflanzenr. IV, 46: 323 1904. (Syn: Alpinia grandis K.Schum.; Alpinia purpurata var. albobracteata K.Schum.; Alpinia purpurata var. anomala Gagnep.; Alpinia purpurata var. grandis (K.Schum.) K.Schum.; Guillainia novo-ebudica F.Muell.; Guillainia purpurata Vieill.; Languas purpurata (Vieill.) Kaneh.);
Maluku to SW. Pacific: Bismarck Archipelago, Maluku, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Solomon Is., Vanuatu; Introduced into: Assam, Caroline Is., Colombia, Comoros, Cook Is., Ecuador, Fiji, Hawaii, Leeward Is., Mexico Southwest, Peru, Santa Cruz Is., Society Is., Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Windward Is. as per POWO;
Ostrich plume; Red Ginger; Pink Cone Ginger;

Red Ginger- Zingiberaceae Week:
I’m sending fresh pics of this Red Ginger (kindly overlook the “Lily”) growing in Chennai.

Is the current name Alpinia purpurata?


Is this Vivipary?:
What method of reproduction is this?
I got 16 little plantlets from this one stalk with a  single flower of the Red Ginger.

– This is seen in some grasses, Onion, Lilly etc.

– I can use them to show to my students. It is a type of vegetative propagation where the propagules are formed on the inflorescence axis along with flowers. If I am not mistaken each plantlet is arising at the axil of the red bract. Do they form roots too? I have seen it in Chlorophytum. I am not sure if it is true vivipary; vivipary is germination of a seed while still on the mother plant.

– This is interesting. As per definations- some plants produce seeds that undergo no dormancy. The growth while the seed and fruit are still on the plant is termed vivipary. Another defination says True vivipary, the
germination of seed before dispersal is relatively rare ( as in mangrove species), in contrast to false vivipary (prolification) which represents a development of rooting vegetative buds instead of flowers. Could this be a
case false vivipary?

– You have got it right. Many plants develop bulbils in place of flowers. Top onion, a pseudodiploid can survive only because of this so called vivipary, and infact it was  earlier named as *Allium* *cepa* var. *viviparum.*

To me, this is not vivipary unless this happens all the time in the plant. Which is clearly not the case here.
This has happened just because somehow seeds got stuck and germinated due to availability of moisture.
True vivipary is a compulsory habit in a particular plant, where there is no other means liek that of Mangrove shrubs or trees. This is not even bulbil. Bulbil is also a unique character.


Ginger species for ID – 161012 – RK:
Would appreciate ID of this Ginger variety. Was intrigued by the new
growth from the dried inflorescence! Pic taken in Bangalore on 26/09/12 at 5.45 pm.

looks like Alpinia purpurata. Red Ginger

It is Alpinia purpurata, popularly known as Red Ginger.
Herewith I am attaching one article (Malayalam) and one paper for further reference.

FJ 10 041113 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID this Zingerberales with pink flowers. Photo was taken in Fiji in Sep 2013

Alpinia purpurata, perhaps.

Yes, …, right, Alpinia purpurata
More reference please go through the attached file. Plant Horti Tech.pdf

FJ 16 061113 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this zingiberales with pink flowers. Is this same as the species purpurea. Photo was taken in Fiji in Sep 2013.

Alpinia purpurata again.

ID request 26062014PC2 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
Kindly identify this monocot plant growing in a garden in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Bulbils appear to be arising on the inflorescence axis at axils of bracts in place of flowers?
The height of plant is almost 2 meters, leaves are like those of Canna plant.

This looks like Alpinia purpurata, of family Zingiberaceae to me.
Common names Red Ginger, Ostrich Plume.

Alpina purpurata

Thank you … for the identification.

Attached are pictures of Alpinia purpurata captured at Mumbai in September 2012.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Yes the red ginger, Alpinia purpurata

Seen in Lalbagh during Nov,13 & July 14.
Alpinia purpurata for validation.

Please find the photos and one paper of our beautiful garden Queen ‘red ginger’ with one variant colour and red ginger at field.
Plant Horti Tech.pdf

Thanks … for excellent photographs and the paper.


Fwd: MS/2018/May/ 2 – ID of the plant : Alpinia sps : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
I am enclosing herewith a few photographs of the ornamental plant photographed at Datta peeta Mysore last week (30.5.18). Could this be Alpinia purpurata (red ginger, also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger) 

This looks like Alpinia purpurata to me.

ID needed : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)- 5 Mb.
Please identify the flower here in the photo. The picture was taken at the Butterfly Garden, Bangkok.

Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K.Schum. ??

May be Alpinia purpurata as suggested by …

yes …, but why is that bunch so tightly bound?
were these growing there or were they cut flower bunch stuck in?


Flowers from Bankok : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 5 Mb.
Which is this flower. Is it Aplinea? Which var.

I had already suggested the ID Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K.Schum. ??
in another mail. Did you verify ?

May be Alpinia purpurata as suggested by …

Alpinia purpurata


Botanical Gardens, Sibpur: June 2006;  Alpinia purpurata———– Tanay Bose – efloraofindia | Google Groups 061110PR-1 Chennai for ID – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Red ginger?:
Please help in identifying. Photo taken from a home garden, Kerala.

I think it is Alpinia purpurata

Mind blowing pics of Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata).
This plant is also called Ostrich plume.
some info on this species:
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata), also called Pink Cone Ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored
red bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top.
Its two varieties are called Jungle King and Jungle Queen. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and many Central American nations,
including Belize. It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called “teuila.”
Red ginger can also be grown in South Florida since, in general, the region does not fall below freezing temperatures. It prefers partial
shade and moist humid conditions, although it can tolerate full sun in some climates. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry
Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements.Ginger tends to spread.

Plant for ID240910MN – efloraofindia | Google Groups:

Sending a photo of the plant.
Kindly identify.
Date/Time :  14th September 2010
Location Place : Panaji, Goa.
Habitat : Garden … Type : cultivated in pot.
Plant Habit : … Height :  1 meter.
Leaves when crushed was fragrant


This is Alpinia !!

I think it may come out to be Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K.Schum.

May be Alpinia purpurata


Alpinia purpurata from Hawaii-GS20012023-1: 3 very high res. images.
Sharing Alpinia purpurata, clicked by my son from Hawaii on January 2, 2023.

Yes it is Sir ji.

It is a common garden plant here. Used in flower beds in big home gardens. Recently I clicked a few photos.

Yes appears close to images at

It is fine.


SK 3715 03 April 2023: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Miraya Greens Resort, Bengaluru, India
Date: 25 March 2023
Altitude: 940m.
Habitat : Wild
Ctenanthe kummeriana (E.Morren) Eichler ??

Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K. Schum. Red Ginger

This should be Alpinia purpurata

Yes, to me also appears close to images at

Alpinia purpurata or red ginger