Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ginger Family [ Zingiberaceae]



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Ginger Family ... or ...Zingiberaceae ...

Gingers are classfied as a herbaceous perennial. They are tropical to semi tropical plants. It has small flowers emerging from colorful bracts...

Some ginger types
# Beehive Ginger [Zingiber spectabile] ...
# "Dancing Girl" Ginger [Globba winitti] ...
# Red King Ginger [Alpinia purpurata] ..
# Shell Ginger [Alpinia zerumbet] ..
# Hot Lips ginger [Costus 'Hot Lips'] ...
# Torch Ginger [Etlingera elatior] ..
# Weeping Blue Ginger [Dichorisandra pendula]..
# Giant Moth Ginger [Hedychium hasseltii]..
# Orange Bottlebrush Ginger / Red Butterfly Ginger [Hedychium coccineum]..

Some interesting varies are ...
# Hedychiums - known as "butterfly ginger", becuase of the shape of it's bloom ... these are very fragrant ...
# Costus - "spiral ginger" .. Its bracts and flowers can range from a cone like bract, pineapple shaped or soft crepe like flowers emerging from green cones ..
# Globbas - known as "dancing ladies" ...
# Alpinias - They are known as "bamboo gingers" and they have lovely foliage and like both light and filtered shade ... These have waxy cascading shell like flowers or soft cerise bracts of reds and pinks or even cone-shaped ...
# Zingiber - known as "beehive ginger" because of the shape of it's bracts ...
# Kaempferias - known as "peacock gingers" because of the wild patterns on some species’ leaves. Some Kaempferias have iridescent leaves and still others are variegated. Some have large round leaves that lie flat on the ground.

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