Spiked Ginger Lily
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Spiked Ginger Lily
ative elliptic Photo: Chandrashekhar Marathe
Common name: Spiked Ginger Lily • Hindi: Sandharlika संधार्लिका , Kapur kachri कपूर कचरी • Kannada: ಕಾಡುಅರಿಸಿನ Kaadu arisina, ಶಟಿ Shati • Manipuri: ꯇꯈꯦꯂꯩ Takhellei • Nepali: सेतो सरो Seto saro • Tangkhul: Tonruiwon
Botanical name: Hedychium spicatum      Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Hedychium album, Hedychium sieboldii, Hedychium acuminatum

Spiked Ginger Lily is a smallish hardy ginger, growing to around 1-1.5 m, with leafy stems. Flowers are fragrant, white with an orange-red base, appearing in a dense spike, 15-25 cm, at the top of the stem. Flower tube is 5-6.5 cm long, much longer than the sepal cup, with white narrow petals spreading outwards. Lip is white with two elliptic lobes with an orange base. Filaments of the stamens are red. Leaves are oblong, up to a foot long and 4-12 cm broad, much like Haldi leaves. A perfume Abeer is obtained from the root stock. Spiked Ginger Lily is found from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 1800-2800 m. Flowering: July-August.
Medicinal uses: Rootstocks are used in medicine.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers & Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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