Himalaya to S. Central China and Indo-China: Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Spiked Ginger Lily • Hindi: Sandharlika संधार्लिका , Kapur kachri कपूर कचरी • Manipuri: তখেল্লৈ Takhellei • Nepali: सेतो सरो Seto saro;

Rhizome perennial, tuberous. Leafy shoots upto 1 m. Leaves distichous; lamina oblong-lanceolate, glabrous or pubescent. Inflorescence terminal, spike lax or dense flowered. Bracts oblong or convolute round the calyx; each bract subtends a single flower, rarely upto 3 flowers. Bracteoles smaller than the bracts. Flowers longer than the bracts. Calyx tubular, longer than or shorter than the bracts, unilaterally split. Corolla tube long, slender; lobes equal. Labellum deeply lobed, base clawed, pure yellow or white, or with a red blotch at the base. Lateral staminodes linear, tip shortly bifid or entire. Stamen shorter than the labellum; filament red or pale yellow; anther straight or curved. Ovary trilocular, glabrous. Fruit globose. 

Flowering and fruiting: July-November
Shola forests

VoF Week: Hedychium spicatum from the Way to Ghangriya:
Hedychium spicatum from the Way to Ghangriya
It was about 3 kms from Govindghat

I was giving up on it assuming that this is garden escape plant but then … told me that it is wild. Will post my soon too, thanks for sharing.

VoF Week : Hedychium spicatum:  Hedychium spicatum of Zingiberaceae family
clicked on 16th August `12 while trekking down from Ghanghariya to Govind Ghat, Chamoli, Uttarakahnd.


VoF Week : Hedychium spicatum (Spiked Ginger Lily )-MN-28.8.12:   Hedychium spicatum

Seen on the Ghangariya Gobind ghat trail


the close up is wonderful, but i appreciate the habitat picture a little bit more… both are important to me though


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae- Zingiber sp??? for ID from Uttarakhand-GSAUG69 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Another perennial herb probable any Zingiber sp, photographed from Deovan Herbal Garden in Chakrata. Please help in ID

It seems to be Hedychium spicatum.

Nice photos of Hedychium sp., seems to be H. spicatum

It is Hedychium spicatum only. The wild Zingibers in Uttarakhand develop their flowers at the base of stem.

Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae- Hedychium spicatum from Himachal-GSG (AUG15) :  2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Hedychium spicatum from Himachal [Dist. Mandi; 1400 m asl].

Yes sir

Arecaceae, Araceae, Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14 Aug 2014: Hedychium spicatum(Zingiberaceae) from Uttarakhand_DSR_29 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Hedychium spicatum is a common species in temperate forests of Uttarakhand. It is an important medicinal herb.

I dont think so, some other Hedychium sp.

Hedychium acuminatum Syn: H.spicatum


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae-Zingiber from Himachal for ID-GSG (AUG19) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Could it be Zingiber roseum?

First Picture, where fruits are close to ground is ...
and second, where fruits are at terminal is Hedychium spicatum.

Thanks for pointing out and correction. The second image of Hedychium is inadvertently attached.
Wish you a very fruitful visit to Leh, and I hope that with your keen eye, you’ll be able to bring back many plant curiosities of the area for sharing with the group…

what a nice set of seeds picture in natural state. I loved it


This large herb I had first seen at Gobindghat-Ghanghariya trek.. and later also at Chakrata..
Present shots are from Chakrata.. Hedychium spicatum..

Spiked Ginger Lily : 8 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2).
I thought I will share with you this beautiful plant of the ginger family that is in bloom now (4.9.14). The roots are used in Tibetan medicine to cure digestive and blood circulation problems. It’s very common here. Spiked Ginger Lily (Hedychium spicatum)
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
About 1700m
Leaves are dark green more than a foot long.

Nice photograph of Hedychium spicatum Buch – Ham

Hedychium acuminatum– Ban- Haldi, Shati, Kapurkachri. Frequent in Devdar Forest shades in and around Shimla, sporadic elsewhere. Rhizome useful part in medicines.

Hedychium acuminatum Roscoe is synonym of H. spicatum. both are same.

Thanks, … All your posts are really wonderful.

While discussing the fruit of
Roscoea alpina in another 
thread, I though of sharing fruits of Hedychium spicatum which I found forming on my Triund walk on 21st August.

Since these are growing in good numbers on our hillsides I took the liberty to break one seedpod open to peek inside. Here is the result. 1 image.

I need not have hurried because the seedpods are opening on their own revealing the red fleshy interior. I took some photos to share. 2 images.

Wonderful images.

More details! 2 images.


It is my pleasure to share few images of Hedychium spicatum  (Zingiberaceae 

Habit: Erect herb. 

Habitat: Wild, montane forest fringe amidst grass. 

Sighting: Mullaiainagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1600 msl 

Date: 01-08-2015


Hedychium spicatum : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Sharing some pictures of H. spicatum shot at Pharping Lalitpur Nepal on 24 August 2013 at 4700 ft.


Hedychium spicatum Sm. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Shivapuri National Park, Nepal
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Date: 22 July 2017
Nepali Names : सेतो सरो Seto Saro  / पंखा फूल  Pankhaa Phool 

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This zingiberaceae sp. was seen at Eravikulam National Park, Munnar.
Requesting ID..

Hedychium spicatum

Hedychium spicatum


Hedychium spicatum Sm. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 400 kb each. 

Location:  Shivapuri National Park,Nepal 
Date: 25 August 2018
Elevation:6800 ft.
Habit : Wild


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