Red Ginger Lily
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Red Ginger Lily
ative elliptic Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Red Ginger Lily • Manipuri: ꯇꯈꯦꯂꯩ ꯑꯉꯥꯡꯕꯥ Takhellei angangba • Mizo: Ai-par-sen
Botanical name: Hedychium deceptum    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Hedychium rubrum

Red Ginger Lily is a very uncommon ginger with beautiful bright red flowers. In form, the flowers look similar to those of Butterfly Ginger Lily. Red Ginger Lily is closely related to Hedychium greenii and has similar shaped flowers. The differences though are many. Hedychium rubrum has a long spike with red bracts, which alone makes it attractive. It has many more flowers per stem than H. greenii and is also a fertile species. The plant grows up to 1.2 m tall. Red Ginger Lily is native to NE India. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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