Globba schomburgkii Hook.f., Bot. Mag. 103: t. 6298 1877. (Syn: Globba chinensis K.Schum.);
Dancing ladies, Dancing Girl Ginger; 

Plants 30-60 cm tall, rhizome conical, small, 1 x 0.5 cm, light yellowish to grey inside, with many white, fusiform root tubers 4 x 0.5 cm in size; roots many, thick, fleshy; stem slender, fleshy, slightly swollen near the rhizome; lower vegetative bracts purple, lower one third fused and upper two third open; solitary bulbils at each node, opposite to the attachment of the leaves. Leaves 6-8, upper surface glabrous, lower surface minutely pubescent; upper leaves larger, green, 15-20 x 4-5 cm, oblong lanceolate, tip acuminate, shortly petioled, 0.4 cm, ligulate, ligule short, membraneous 0.2 cm, tripartite, minutely pubescent. Lower leaves smaller, ovate, 3 x 2 cm, upper surface green, lower surface purple. Inflorescence terminal, 8-10 cm, decurved, peduncle slender, green, short, bracts many, lax, spreading, persistent, glabrous; lower bracts green, large, ca 1 x 0.8 cm, broadly ovate, smaller towards the apex, each subtending on or more spherical bulbils; upper bracts fertile, smaller, ca 0.6 x 0.6 cm; ovate, light orange, turning to light green when mature, each bract subtends a cincinni of 4-5 flowers of small stalks, the lower ones 1. cm long to the first flower, bearing a succession of 4-5 flowers in two ranks on very short pedicels, altogether 3-4 cm long. Secondary bracts 0.3-0.6 x 0.2-0.4 cm, orange. Calyx truncate, 0.4-0.6cm, shortly 3 lobed, lobes unequal, orange yellow glabrous. Corolla tube longer than the calyx, 1.5 cm long, hairy, recurved, orange, lobes ovate, cup shaped, 0.4 cm, glabrous. Staminodes longer than the corolla lobes, 1.2 x 0.3 cm, tip slightly curved upwards, orange, glabrous. Lip 1. 0.4 cm, triangular glabrous, with divergent lobes, which hardly reach the attachment of the petals, orange, with a reddish patch at the centre. Filaments 2.5 cm long, upcurved, anther small, the pollen sacs parallel bearing two spreading and somewhat divergent, narrowly triangular appendages on each side. Ovary 0.2 cm, rugose, unilocular with 3 parietal placentae, several ovules on each placenta; style long filiform, stigma cup shaped, slightly exerted from the anther lobes. Epigynous gland one, linear 0.3 cm long. Fruiting rare, rugose.

Flowering and fruiting: July-October
Evergreen forests


Id please : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Please identify the following plant.
It was photographed at Botanical garden, Howrah district, West Bengal yesterday.

pl check for some sp of Globba 

Globba andersonii from me

Globba schomburgkii





date/time: November 08
location: Panipat, Haryana

This plant was found growing in a nursery bed near my house, unfortunately I never reported it again. Attached pics are not of good quality, but may give some clues.

– Pl refer to the following link


Please find the photos of ‘dancing lady’ of ginger family, Globba schomburgkii

Beautiful dolls, thanks for sharing 


This may be the same as – efi thread

Affirmative, Globba schomburgkii only

Yes, … I photographed it a couple of years but got out of season rain.  Beautiful flowers, very aptly named “dancing ladies”…  I sat in the rain and watched them for a few minutes….
Thanks … for your affirmation.

It reminds me of dancing lady we used to make out of candy wrappers! Two wrappers of ‘lords jelly candy’ make a lady with red gown! That was four decades ago!

I have taken such like last year

This was seen in a nursery years ago (not seen again).. was posted and I got the generic id.. can this be identified to specific level..

This should be G. schomburgkii

The yellow flowered one is Globba schomburgkii, commonly known as Dancing ladies


Identification of plant : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Can someone identify plant. Yellow flower with broad leaves.
In Gujarat taken from someone garden.

Globba sp. Zingiberaceae

yes it has nice lyrical name too

dancing lady or dancing girl ginger
globba sp.

flowers in wet humid monsoon

further classification it seems needs a lot of details…

It is Globba schomburgkii.



Globba schomburgkii Hook.f. : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)

Location: Kolkata, India
Date: 8 September 2017
Elevation : 25 ft.

Where? Wild?

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden  

Single plant found near a Bamboo groove. Does not look like planted.

Globba schomburgkii


Re:Globba species : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location Kalimpong, Darjeeling, West Bengal

Kindly identify

Globa schomburgkii

I agree with you.
It is Globba schomburgkii




at Botanical Garden, Shibpur, Howrah on 05/08/2007; at Jadavpur, Kolkata- July’09?; Blooming Time: July-October as per link. FOR IDENTIFICATION >>>++ – indiantreepix | Google Groups Flower for ID – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Fwd: Globba schomburgkii Hook. f. : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2)- 3 mb each. 
Sir, namaskar. Extremely sorry Sir for sending id as Globba marantia just an hour before, referred efloraofindia & getting confident on these photos as Globba schomburgkii Hook.f. My earlier (an hour bofore) id may kindly deleted/neglected,

Attachments (2)- 3 mb each. 



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