Dancing Ladies Ginger
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Dancing Ladies Ginger
ntroduced Photo: Bhabini Huirem
Common name: Dancing Ladies Ginger
Botanical name: Globba winitii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Dancing Ladies Ginger is a tender perennial from Thailand and Vietnam. The flower-cluster hangs down from the stem and is comprised of showy bracts in purple or white with tiny yellow flowers. The name "dancing ladies" is inspired from the way the flowers seem to dance in the air suspended from the bracts. The plant of Dancing Ladies grows up to about 2 ft high with long, lance shaped leaves on short stems. The lush, herbaceous plants grow reed-like stalks from fleshy, underground stems (rhizomes). The broad, lance-shaped leaves with pointed tips and heart-shaped bases clasp the stem near the bottom and are more upright near the top. Winitii is named for Phya Winit Wanandorn, 20th century Thai botanist. Dancing Ladies Ginger is native to Thailand and Vietnam, popularly cultivated in NE India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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