Zingiber chrysostachys Ridley

Vernacular names Malaysia: lempui.

Distribution Peninsular Malaysia.

Uses The pungent rhizomes are possibly a substitute for Zingiber zerumbet (L.) J.E. Smith. A decoction of the leaves is administered against fever.

Observations Rhizomatous perennial herb with leafy shoots up to 60(-100) cm tall. Leaves lanceolate, 12-17 cm x 4-5.5 cm. Inflorescence spiciform on a separate scape arising from the rhizome; scape 7-10 cm long; spike cylindrical, up to 10 cm x 4 cm; bracts suborbicular, 2-3 cm in diameter, bright yellow; bracteoles 2.5 cm long; calyx 1.5 cm long, corolla 4.5 cm long, pale yellow; labellum with obovate midlobe, 1.2 cm long, crimson with irregular white margins, side lobes ovate, 8 mm x 5 mm, white; anther appendage mottled pink to red. Zingiber chrysostachys occurs in evergreen forest and in dry bamboo forest on limestone hills, 200-1400 m altitude.

Selected Source:
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Author: P.C.M. Jansen

Source of This Article:
Jansen, P.C.M., 1999. Zingiber chrysostachys RidleyIn: de Guzman, C.C. and Siemonsma, J.S. (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 13: Spices. Backhuys Publisher, Leiden, The Netherlands, p. 267

Recommended Citation:
Jansen, P.C.M., 1999. Zingiber chrysostachys Ridley[Internet] Record from Proseabase. de Guzman, C.C. and Siemonsma, J.S. (Editors).
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia. http://www.proseanet.org.
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