Hedychium gardnerianum Sheppard ex Ker Gawl., Bot. Reg. 9: t. 774 1824. (Syn: Gamochilus speciosus T.Lestib.; Hedychium gardnerianum var. fasciatum K.Koch; Hedychium gardnerianum var. pallidum (Regel) Baker; Hedychium pallidum Regel);
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On a plant id forum I belong to it was suggested that because of the whorled leaves it might be COSTUS.
I am familiar with the flowers, but have never seen it with the seeds.
Is it Costus and if so which one?
Your assistance would be appreciated.
Date…. 16th April 2011. Morning.

Location…. South of LAVA. WEST BENGAL.


Plant Habit…..Herb

Height/Length…..See pic

Leaves…. whorled

Inflorescence Type/ Size…. spike.

Flowers …. ????

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-…. see pics.

I dont think it is Costus. This could be any Zingiberaceae sps. May be Hedychium sp

My thoughts were also Zingiberaceae.
So, I searched long and hard on www, and the best I could find was Hedychium gardnerianum.
My pics are fairly clear.
I suggested this on the other forum and others thought the leaves were not right.
Which is what brought me here… for local knowledge and expertise.

was this growing wild?
or in a ” garden” ie did it seem planted?
Secondly… in the first picture the leaf head seems to be floating above the surrounding grass and /or weeds..
I dont see a stem.. its anatomy and the size (two dimensions) seem to be important for id.. and ruling out costus…

To the best of my memory it was growing wild. Not planted in a garden.
I realise the 1st pic is rather odd, making it appear to be floating.
The stem must have been hidden by the leaves.
Sadly these are the only pics I took.
I rather naively thought I would be able to id it with ease once I got back home.

This should be a Hedychium sp.
Where is Lava in West Bengal btw?

may be Hedychium aurantiacum!

… up in the mountains…
here’s a link..gives a map to loate..its wiki, so details..
by the way we pronounce it LABHA …:)

The photo seems to be the fruitung stage of Hedychium gardenarium. In fruiting many spp of Hedychium looks same. Please see whether the lower side in glaucous (white powdery).
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I had posted similar pods from Munnar growing wild (Request for ID : 190110-AK-1).

I was very eager to know how the flowers looked like.
Id could not be confirmed.
Closest I came to after a lot of searching was Hedychium gardnerianum, common name Kahili Ginger.

Hedychium gardnerianum ??

Hedychium for ID :  Attachments (2).  4 posts by 3 authors.
Place : Lengpui, Mizoram. Date : 24-01-2013. Habitat : Wild. Habit : Herb.

Hedychium gardnerianum

Hedychium grandiflorum Regel : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 mb and 3 mb.
Location: Godawari, Lalitpur,, Nepal
Altitude: 1695 m.
Date: 08 August 2019
Habit : Wild

Hedychium gardnerianum

Thank you … for correcting the ID.

Hedychium gardnerianum Sheppard ex Ker Gawl. : 7 posts by 3 authors. 3 images- 4 to 7 mb each.
Location: Sundarijal, Kathmandu
Date: 07 August 2020
Elevation: 1718 m.
Habit : Wild
Nepali Names : सुन केवरा Sun Kewaraa  / पंखा फूल  Pankhaa Phool

SK1508 14 Oct 2018 : 16 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2) – around 500 kb each.

Location:  Shivapuri National Park,Nepal 
Date: 24 August 2018
Elevation:6500 ft.
Which Hedychium ?
Habit : Wild    

Hedychium spicatum ?? 

Hedychium sp. buds only. one needs flowers to know, i think
unless a grower really knows his plants

ok ! let us forget it since it is not possibe to follow-up.

why should we forget it, … never say never. there is always someone who knows…
just because i do not recognize the further classification is no reason to give up.
… grows all kinds of gingers, he would be able to recognize the buds and guess what they will mature into. that’s what i was alluding to in my first reply, that some one who grows….etc. and some students in some university studying Medicinal exotic gingers. are i am sure growing them and watching them everyday. life is fun. never give up

Ok … I understand.

May be Hedychium gardenarianum. Wait for flower opening for confirmation.

Thank you … But it is not possible for a follow up since it is far away.

So we stay with Hedychium sp as our final diagnosis on this one
with a caveat that its possibly: Hedychium gardenarianum

Ok …

correcting the spelling- Hedychium gardnerianum
e not a

Not big deal. It is ok Ushadi !

it becomes a deal if you copy paste the wrong spelling in google or plant list , kew etc and get no response. correct spelling got me some results. thats why i wrote the post

In that case I agree !


Id of plant -ID15032024SH2: 2 high res. images.

Plant for Id pl.
Location – Lava, Kalimpong.
Date – February 2024

Hedychium gardnerianum Sheph. ex Ker Gawl.

Yes, appears close to images at

May be Hedychium gardnarianum ?