Common name: Yellow Ginger Lily, Cream ginger • Manipuri: তখেল্লৈ হংগামপাল Takhellei hangampal
Botanical name: Hedychium flavescens Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Hedychium coronarium var. flavescens
Yellow Ginger Lily is a coarse perennial herb with leafy shoots 1.5-2 m
tall. It is found in the East Himalayas, at altitudes of 1200-2000 m.
Rhizomes are 3 cm in diameter, branched, internally pale and
fragrant. Leaves are oblong to lance-shaped, 20-45 cm long, 5-10 cm wide.
Flowers are fragrant, borne in erect inflorescences, 15-20 cm long, 8 cm
wide, primary bracts green. Sepal cup is cylindrical, 4-5 cm long, velvety
or rarely smooth. Flowers are yellow, on the paler side. The flower tube
is slender, 8-9 cm long, petals linear to linear-lanceshaped, 4-5 cm long.
Lip is often centrally flushed with dark yellow, broadly obovate. Stamen
is yellow, about as long as the lip or slightly longer. Lateral sterile
stamens are white, spatula-shaped to lance-shaped 4-6 cm long.
|Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.|