Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.
Smith, J.E. (1806) Exotic Botany 2 : 105.
Ginger, Zerumbet; Martinique Ginger; Zerumbet Ginger; Ginger, Martinique
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrubby plant about 1-2 m tall but it should be noted that only the leaves are above ground level. The true stem is below the soil surface.
Inflorescence produced from the base of the plant. Inflorescence about 7 cm long, on a peduncle about 20-50 cm long. Bracts red, about 1.5-4 x 1.2-4 cm. Flowers smell like ginger (Zingiber officinale). Calyx about 13-17 mm long. Corolla tube about 20-30 mm long, lobes variable in size and shape, largest one about 15-25 x 10-20 mm. Labellum ovate or orbicular, about 12-20 x 15-20 mm. Anther about 8-10 mm long, crest or connective about 7 mm. Two gland-like stylodes (about 5 mm long) present on top of the ovary.
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An introduced species originally from Java, now naturalised in CYP with specimens collected from Bamaga and Badu Island. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows in disturbed areas in rain forest and on abandoned agricultural land.
This species may have medicinal properties.
This species is in cultivation in SE Asia for the edible ginger.