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Hedychium flavescens

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Family: ZingiberaceaeView Description 

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 48 genera, +- 1300 species: pantropical.
eFlora Treatment Author: Alan T. Whittemore
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: HedychiumView Description 

Common Name: GINGER-LILY
Habit: 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. Chromosomes: x=17.
Species In Genus: +- 50 species: southern Asia, Madagascar. Etymology: (Greek: sweet snow, for fragrant white flowers)
Reference: Wood et al. 2000 Edinburgh J Bot 57:261--270

Hedychium flavescens Carey ex Roscoe
Leaf: ligule 4--5 cm, blade elliptic or narrowly so, to 55 × 10 cm. Inflorescence: to 15 cm, bract 4--10 cm, lanceolate. Flower: perianth +- yellow, exserted; lip 3--4 cm, oblanceolate, anther 11--13 mm, +- linear; stigma barely exceeding anther, conic, hairy.
Ecology: Spreading along perennially irrigated creek bed in redwood forest, from garden, by fragmenting rhizomes; Elevation: +- 115 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnFrB (Santa Cruz Co.); Distribution Outside California: native to India, Sri Lanka. Note: According to Dean Taylor, collector of specimens in UC/JEPS, inflorescences abort in October before flowers open unless special care is given, there otherwise is no evidence of sexual reproduction, and the plants he has seen appear to be best characterized as garden escapes (although they evidently have only "escaped" to irrigated land).
eFlora Treatment Author: Alan T. Whittemore
Reference: Wood et al. 2000 Edinburgh J Bot 57:261--270
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Citation for this treatment: Alan T. Whittemore 2012, Hedychium flavescens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 17, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 17, 2018.

Geographic subdivisions for Hedychium flavescens:
SnFrB (Santa Cruz Co.);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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