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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.
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)
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, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=9708, accessed on February 23, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 23, 2020.