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Hedychium flavescens

Higher Taxonomy
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.
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).
Jepson eFlora 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 September 29, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 29, 2023.

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Geographic subdivisions for Hedychium flavescens:
SnFrB (Santa Cruz Co.)
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