Indian Subcontinent to Taiwan: Assam, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam; Introduced into: Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Azores, Bangladesh, Belize, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Caroline Is., Colombia, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Galápagos, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Jamaica, Jawa, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Malaya, Mauritius, Mexico Southwest, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, Nicobar Is., Northern Provinces, Ogasawara-shoto, Paraguay, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Réunion, Samoa, Society Is., Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is. as per POWO;
Common name: Butterfly Ginger Lily, White Ginger Lily, Garland Flower • Hindi: दोलन चम्पा Dolan champa, सौगन्धिका पुष्प Saugandhika pushp • Manipuri: ꯂꯣꯛꯂꯩ Loklei • Marathi: Sontaka • Kannada: ಸುರುಳಿ ಸುಗಂಧಿ Suruli Sugandhi • Assamese: Pakhila phul • Tamil: Chankitam, Chantikantam, Chantiramullikai • Oriya: स्वर्ण चम्पा Swarna champa • Tangkhul: Tontairui • Telugu: Kichchiligadda, Vasa Vasanthi • Malayalam: Elipoochedi, സുഗന്ദി Sugandhi, സൌഗന്ദികമ് Saugandhikam • Nepali: दूध केवरा Dudh kewara • Mizo: Ainawnparvar • Urdu: Gul-e bakawali, Gul-e bakawli ﮔﹹﻞﹺ ﺑﲀﻭﻟﯽ

Sending photos of Butterfly Ginger lily growing in our garden. It has a nice fragrance.
Botanical name : Hedychium coronarium
Common name : Butterfly ginger lily
Place : Dombivli, Thane Dt.
Date : 19.8.2011

Is this
Scientific Name: Hedychium coronarium
Common Names: White Ginger, White Garland-lily, Butterfly Ginger
Zingiberaceae – Ginger family
is the marathi name Sontakka?

Yes Mam. this is Hedychium coronarium, one of the threatened medicinal plant in Orissa as per FRLHT, Bangalore.

Called dolon champa in bengal quite common in end of monsoon here on the east gangatic plains.. so it must be in the western ghats area with  very heavery rains and monson season almost like our own here..

I forgot to add the flowers have very nice fragrance

Yes it has nice fragrance and the flower is active in the night as well.


16102011BS-1 Zingiberaceae member from Ghrounda Eleflorist Nursery for id:
Zingiberaceae member from Ghrounda Eleflorist Nursery for id
The nurseryman said this is small cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
They brought this plant from Kerala.
But i am not much convinced from their id after seeing flowers
pls id this shrub cultivated about 5-6 feet high with white flowers

Yes Hedychium coronarium



Hedychium coronarium:
Also posting Hedychium coronarium, or sontaka as a comparison to H.flavescens

Yes, Dolon champa in Bengali…
often planted in gardens… but seems I find it in “wilderness” areas in and around kolkata…


White ginger lily, (Family: Zingiberaceae):

Here is an unsung flower with mild, yet exquisite fragrance.
Plant : White ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium)
Date/Time- 15/08/2009 & 29/11/2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Nalikul (Hooghly District), West Bengal (lat 22.830459346159003N, long 88.16768646240234E)
Habitat- Garden
Plant Habit- Herb
Height/Length- 5 ft. approx.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- NA
Inflorescence Type/ Size- NA
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- white
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- NA
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- DOLAN-CHAMPA in Bengali, vegetative propagation
ID help : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedychium_coronarium


Excellent photographs


Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig (in my homeyard) : SK-24 :  7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4).
This exquisite fragrant beauty is growing in my home yard, photographed couple of hours ago. (10.8.14)

A very beautiful plant …Good that it is growing in your vicinity…thanks for sharing..

Thank you Sir, it is and was favourite to my parents.

These flowers are really beautiful and their sublime fragrance.

We called Dolon Champa

Yes, we also call it DOLON-CHAMPA

Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: August 1 to 14, 2014 : Zingiberaceae : Hedychium coronarium : Nasik : AK-22 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
From our Nasik home garden.
White Ginger Lily.


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight :: Zingiberaceae :: Hedychium coronarium from Konkan, Maharshtra :: ARKAUG-45 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Attached is a picture of Hedychium coronarium captured at Konkan, Maharshtra in September 2008.

Yes, locally known as ‘Kalyanasowgandigam’

Arecaceae, Araceae, Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14 Aug 2014: Hedychium coronarium (Zingiberaceae) from Uttarakhand_DSR_30 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Hedychium coronarium is a common ornamental herb in Pantnagar.

AAZ Fortnight :: Zingiberaceae :: SMP8 :: Hedychium coronarium white. Pune : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Hedychium coronarium

Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig (accepted name) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Altitude:  2600 ft.
Date: 27 July 2015
Nepali Name : दुध केवरा  Dudh Kewaraa 

Reference: FOI (Hedychium coronarium var. chrysoleucum)


Hedychium coronarium J.König : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Thula Khet, Pokhara, Nepal
Date : 10 August 2017
Altitude : 2800 ft.
Nepali Name : दुध केवरा Dudh Kewaraa

Hedychium coronarium

Re: Hedychium coronarium? : 5 posts by 4 authors. 6 images.
This is from Rajnagar, Kumarghat, Tripura
Are Hedychium coronarium and Hedychium spicatum same?

Hedychium coronarium !

Hedychium coronarium
and not the same. h. spicatum flower petals are different

Zingiberaceae sp. from Barapani, Meghalaya KD 02 Aug. 2017 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Attached images may be Zingiberaceae sp. Pl. ID the sp. 
Date :12.09.2017
Location: Barapani, Meghalaya
Family :Zingiberaceae (?)
Genus & species : ??
Habitat: Grows wild on open place
Habit :  Herb

Hedychium sp.

Hedychium coronarium


Hedychium coronarium: 9 very high res. images.

Location: Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur
Date: 04 November 2023
Altitude : 1406m.
Habit : Wild

Hedychium chrysoleucum

All databases except the POWO says this is syn.


Zingiberaceae: Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig: 1 high res. image.
location/date: Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994




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