Golden Flowered Ginger
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Golden Flowered Ginger
ative Herb Photo: Deepa Vichare
Common name: Golden Flowered Ginger • Nepali: वन अदुवा Ban Aduwa
Botanical name: Zingiber chrysanthum    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

This is a plant from the sub-tropical forest margins in the Himalayan foothills of Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Darjeeling at 450 m to 1,600 m. The leafy stems grow to 1.2 m to 2 m with fresh green leaves about 25 cm long and 7 cm wide with a downy pubescence on the under surface. Borne at the base of the stems direct on the rhizome, these have elongated petals varying in colour from creamy-white to orange and yellow. However, it is the seed capsules that are the interesting bit: as the stems die down in autumn, these turn a brilliant crimson-red in colour and remain showy for a long time; indeed, ground-hugging as they are, they will leave viewers guessing as to just what they are looking at.
Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Amboli, Maharashtra.

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