Rhizome perennial, creeping, 0.5-1 cm thick, covered with ovate, membranous sheaths. Leafy shoot 2-3 m high. Leaves shortly petioled, petiole less than 5 mm long; ligule upto 4.5 cm long, the membranous upper third or half deciduous, the upper ligules short and intact; lamina 20-35 x 5-7 cm, oblong-lanceolate, caudate-acuminate, glabrous. Inflorescence globose, upto 6 x 3.5 cm; peduncle 5-7 cm, flexuous, decumbent, covered with 1-2 cm long, broadly ovate, slightly pubescent, membranous sheaths. Bract 2-2.5 x 1-1.5 cm, obovate, obtuse to subacute, pink, pubescent margins slightly ciliate. Bracteoles tubular, 1.5-2 cm long, bilobed, glabrous. Calyx 2.5-3 cm long, tubular, trilobed, lobes usually slightly pubescent at their tips, lobes triangular, apiculate. Corolla tube not exceeding the calyx, slightly pubescent, white; lobes white to pale yellow, oblong, rounded; dorsal lobe broader, c. 2 x 1.5 cm; lateral lobes c. 2 x 0.9 cm. Labellum 1.8-2 x 1.3-1.8 cm, broadly obovate, narrowed to a short claw at the base, limb 3-lobed, midlobe bifid, yellow, streaked red. Lateral staminodes 4-6 mm long, linear. Filament 0.8-1 cm long; anther-thecae 5-6 mm long, diverging above, very shortly pubescent at base and apex; connective prolonged into a 10 x 3 mm, semilunar, obscurely 3-lobed crest. Epigynous glands 4 mm long, usually united. Ovary 3-4 mm long, shortly pubescent. Capsule globose, 2 cm in diameter, echinate.
Flowering and fruiting: March-July
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
330 ID wild ginger Zingiberaceae: 11 high res. images.
Please ID wild ginger,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Flower date: 24.06.2022, 11.30am
Habitat: wild, moisture, shady, misty hill
Plant habit: ginger, erect, obliquely, branches, pseudostem, perennial
Height: 02 meters
Leaves: alternate lengthy, apex, glossy, aromatic smell and taste, size upto:35×8cm
Flower: terrestrial racemose, clustered, diameter:15mm, yellow, lite fragrance
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x
Pl send fruit images for confirmation.
Yes, it is Amomum masticatorium, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,
POWO (Meistera masticatorium (Thwaites) Skornick. & M.F.Newman) Catalogue of Life GBIF (High resolution specimens) India Biodiversity Portal Kerala plants gingersofindia Research gate biodiversity of srilanka