Zingiber spectabile Griff., Not. Pl. Asiat. 3: 413 1851.; 

Zingiber spectabile is a species of true ginger, native to Maritime Southeast Asia. It is primarily grown in the West as an ornamental plant,[1] although it has been used in South-East Asia as a medicinal herb.[2] 

The scientific name of the species, Zingiber spectabile, comes from two words. “Zingiber” is originally from a Sanskrit word that means “shaped like a horn” and refers to the horn-shaped leaves of most species of ginger. “Spectabile” is derived from the Latin spectabilis, meaning ‘visible’ or ‘spectacular’.[3]
The plant is commonly known in the West by the common name “beehive ginger“, due to its unusual inflorescences which resemble a skep beehive.[3] It is also referred to by the common names “Ginger wort” or “Malaysian ginger“.[4]
In common with most plants in genus Zingiber, the leaves of the plant are long and mostly oblong shaped, tapering to a single point at their tip. Under ideal circumstances, the plant can reach a height of 4.5 metres (15 ft), or even more.[5]
The plant’s inflorescence is set atop a spike and can measure up to 30 centimetres (12 in) in height. The bracts attached to the structure can differ in colour, from white, to yellow, orange, or even red, often darkening as the bracts mature and develop.[3] The flowers themselves are small, with purple petals and yellow spots, and a fragile, papery texture.[5]
(From Wikipedia on 20.3.14) 


Zingiber sp. for ID : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Location : Tleu, Mizoram
Date : 14-07-2010
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Wild

Is it Z.spectabile ?

Zingiber Officinale

Yes it is close to Z. spectabile.


From Florist shop in California-GSMAR02/37 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Hope some member can help in the identification of this plant from Florist shop in California. 

Any chances of Zingiber spectabile?

Yes, Zingiber spectabile or some write it up (exporters ‘ labels as Gingiber spectabilis, wrong spelling i think)

an export much encouraged from some south American countries

has many colors esp. pink, red scarlet oranges red etc.

in Kolkata I have seen bright yellow and orange, but are very expensive yet…

we need local Indian growers to start growing and marketing them like many of the exotics

Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: May 13, 2018 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl

Zingiber spectabile  Griff.



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