Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm., Exot. Bot. 2: 105 1806. (Syn: Amomum silvestre Poir.; Amomum sylvestre Lam. [Illegitimate]; Amomum zerumbet L.; Zerumbet zingiber T.Lestib.; Zingiber sylvestre Garsault [Invalid]; Amomum spurium (J.König) J.F.Gmel.; Cardamomum spurium (J.König) Kuntze; Dietrichia lampujang Giseke; Dietrichia lampuyang Giseke; Dietrichia major Raeusch.; Dietrichia minor Raeusch.; Dietrichia spuria (J.König) Giseke; Zingiber amaricans BlumeZingiber aromaticum Valeton; Zingiber blancoi Hassk.; Zingiber darceyi H.J.Veitch; Zingiber littorale (Valeton) Valeton; Zingiber ovoideum Blume; Zingiber spurium J.König; Zingiber truncatum Stokes; Zingiber zerumbet var. magnum Elmer);
Tropical & Subtropical Asia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam; Introduced into: Caroline Is., Comoros, Cook Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Florida, Hawaii, Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Marquesas, New Caledonia, Niue, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Samoa, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is. as per POWO;
Common name: Shampoo Ginger, Pinecone ginger • Assamese: gathian • Bengali: kulanjan, mahabari bach, narkachur • Hindi: बनअदरक Banadrak, Mahabari-bach, Nar-kachur • Kannada: agale shunti • Malayalam: kathu-inshi-kua • Manipuri: ꯌꯥꯢꯃꯨ Yaimu • Marathi: काली हळद Kaali halad, narakchora • Oriya: viranam • Sanskrit: ahava, avanti, karpuraharidra • Tamil: araniyacaranai • Telugu: kaarallamu • Urdu: Kapur kachri کپورکچری


Attaching two images of Zingiber zerumbet (WILD ZINGER). According to Botanica (A publication by Random House Australia Pty Ltd)
This clump forming, upright species is native to India and Southeast Asia. It has narrow, 12 inch long leaves. On separate tall stems are overlapping greenbracts aging to red, surrounding white or gold flowers. The rhizomes are bitter to eat, but can be used in potpourri. ”

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Distribution: Jawa
Current Location: KFBG, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong (from gardens)

Thanks for showing such a beautiful Curcuma from Hong Kong. I have attached my photographs …….from Indo-Bhutan border area. I need your help
to validate the ID
2 images.

Thank you for uploading our plant from Java that has been planted in Hong Kong.

I remembered the nest of harvester ants. Very nice.
My questions
Does the infloresence appear green when young and red when old?
Dont the flowers give appearence of orchid flower?

The inflorescence is green when young and then turns to red gradually.
If you press the round thing, it oozes out the fragrant nectar and water.

Yes Curcuma does look like a bit of Orchid because of the rostellum like structure. But there is no pollinia in Curcuma, there are proper anthers.

Check this illustration. It will help you in making plates.

In the series of evolution are Orchid near any where of Curcuma?
I dont know being non botanist. But appearence is very close.

Actually it is more close to Asparagaceae according to recent findings. I hope you know that Liliaceae is now in another group Liliales and Amaryllidaceae in Asparagales.
Its complicated but in simple words, Orchidaceae is more close to Asparagaceae and Amaryllidaceae and Zingiberaceae is more close to Commelinaceae. and both are in two different groups (scientifically speaking Orders).

Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm., Exot. Bot. 2: 105 (1806).
Amomum zerumbet L., Sp. Pl.: 1 (1753).
Zingiber sylvestre Garsault, Fig. Pl. Méd.: t. 34b (1764), opus utique oppr.
Amomum sylvestre Lam., Encycl. 1: 134 (1783), nom. superfl.
Zerumbet zingiber T.Lestib., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., II, 15: 329 (1841).
I am extremely sorry. I got confused. This plant is Zingiber zerumbet distributed in Tropical and Subtropical Asia.

It si not coming under the genus Curcuma. It is Zingiber zerumbet commonly known as ‘Shampoo ginger’

I just would like to point out the differences between Curcuma and Zingiber IN TERMS OF LEAVES based on Backer & Bakhuizen (1963) Flora of Java.
Curcuma: leaves less than ten, distichous, lower one sheathing, penninerved, petiole proper well developed, shorter than leaf sheath belonging to it.
Zingiber: leaves numerous, distichous, the lower one reduced and sheath like, pinnately nerved, petiole very short or absent.

Really interesting … thanks..

This is the first time I come across this wild plant in a village waste-place. Of all zingiber described in the ‘Bengal Plants’, I think, it comes closer to Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm.

You are right …


Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm.? : SK-51 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).
This is the first time I come across this wild plant in a village waste-place. Of all zingiber described in the ‘Bengal Plants’, I think, it comes closer to Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm.

You are right …

I want to know the locality of collected species of Zingiber

Sir, This is in Hooghly District of West Bengal.

Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae: Zingiber zerumbet : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Please find the photos of inflorescence and infructescence of Zingiber zerumebet

Excellent photographs


July2015sk09/09 — Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm from Assam KD 06 Dec 15 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Attached images may be Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm. Please validate. 
Date : 06.11.2015
Location: Assam
Family : Zingiberaceae
Genus & species : Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm
Habitat: Grows wild on hilly slopes
Habit : Herb

you are correctly identified. Locally known as Shampoo ginger. Nice photos

ZINZIBER ZERUMBET : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
I saw this plant for the first time at Tezpur (Assam). In 2004 I saw it again at Binnaguri (West Bengal). I brought a plant from that place and planted here at Cooch Behar. The plant is doing well. Attaching a collage of Zinziber zerumbet.


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