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Alan T. Whittemore

Perennial herb [annual], rhizomed. Leaf: basal, cauline, or both, alternate, 2-ranked, sheaths often overlapping to form pseudostem, blade elliptic, midrib prominent, veins parallel. Inflorescence: raceme [panicle], bracts large [minute], overlapping. Flower: bisexual, bilateral; sepals 3, united, petals 3, united; fertile stamen 1, opposite 2 staminodes fused into a petal-like lip, 2 lateral, petal-like [rudimentary], free staminodes also present [or 0]; ovary inferior, placentas axile, parietal, or ± basal, chambers [1]3, each many-ovuled. Fruit: capsule [berry]. Seed: arilled.
48 genera, ± 1300 species: pantropical. [Kress et al. 2002 Amer J Bot 89:1682–1696] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

Pseudostem 1–2[3] m. Inflorescence: exserted from tip of pseudostem, dense, cone-like [lax]. Flower: calyx cylindric, 3-toothed or -lobed, split down 1 side [not split]; corolla tube slender, lobes 3, linear; stamens ± linear, incurved, tubular, enclosing style, anther long-exserted; lip oblong, 2-lobed, plane. Fruit: spheric.
± 50 species: southern Asia, Madagascar. (Greek: sweet snow, for fragrant white flowers) [Wood et al. 2000 Edinburgh J Bot 57:261–270]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Dec 1 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Hedychium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Dec 1 2015

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