Images by: Dr. KM
Zingiber nimmonii (J.Graham) Dalzell, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 341 1852. (Syn: Alpinia nimmonii J.Graham);

Rhizome small, purplish-lilac inside, strongly aromatic; roots fleshy, bearing fleshy root tubers. Leafy shoot 50-90 cm tall, erect. Leaves subsessile, 15-23 x 5-9 cm, oblong-lanceolate, base oblique, apex acuminate, upper surface sparsely pubescent, lower densely pubescent; ligule c. 5 mm long, bifid, coriaceous. Inflorescence produced directly from the rhizome; peduncle short or absent; spike ovate or subglobose, enclosed within obovate reddish sheaths. Flowers 4.5-5 cm long, one in each bract; bracts 3-4 x 0.8-1.2 cm, lanceolate, apex acuminate, reddish-green; bracteoles c. 2.5 x 1 cm, lanceolate. Calyx tubular, 1-1.2 cm long, unilaterally split, membranous, white. Corolla tube 2.5-3 cm long, slender, white; lobes 3, subequal, yellowish-orange. Labellum c. 2.5 x 1.2 cm, 3-lobed, light yellow with pink spot; mid-lobe ovate, bifid at apex. Anther sessile, yellow. Stigma slightly projecting from the anther-crest. Epigynous glands c. 5 mm long, yellow. Capsules c. 4 x 2 cm, trigonous, whitish when young, turning to deep red at maturity. Seeds 6-7 x 3-4 mm, dark brown; aril white.

Flowering and fruiting: July-October
Moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Western Ghats

(From India Biodiversity Portal

Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)



Please find the photo of Z. nimmonii


Excellent capture of a beautiful plant..!!



I am attaching here two photographs of the plant in question. This plant is a planted one in Areca nut (Betel nut) Garden. This is in a village called Tattikai situated in the high rainfall area of Western Ghats.
Kindly help me identifying this plant and I request you for some details on the plant.

I thank you in advance.

Could be some species of Zingiber.

In wilderness of Western Ghats we see Z. cernuum with a similar sight, though to me, the leaves seem slightly different in the posted plant

It is Zingiber nimmonii Dalz. a common ginger of Western Ghats.


Identification : 1 image.

Date/Time-  18 th Nov 2020- 10 an

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Khandala, Maharashtra-550 m

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-garden

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  

Height/Length- 4/5 “ about a foot in diameter all together 

Zingiber sp.

Remembering Zinziber roseum to me

My guess is Zingiber nimmonii (J.Graham) Dalzell !

May be Zingiber nimmonii?

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