Images by: Dr. KM Prabhu


Ostrich plume; Red Ginger; Pink Cone Ginger;  




home garden, Kerala- Sept’10?;


Red ginger? – efloraofindia | Google Groups




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


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


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