Description: A robust ginger with stout underground rhizomes. Foliage dies down in late in autumn and the rhizomes remain dormant in winter. The inflorescence appears in early spring from the base of the rhizome. The peduncle grows to about 8 to 10 inches tall. Leaves appear after the flowers. When in full growth the plants can reach a height of about 3ft tall. Leaves are broad and very decorative. Good for cut-flower use with a vase life of about 10 days for a fresh stem.
Habitat: This species is found in the eastern Himalayas and inhabits warm forest areas. Grows fast and vigorously during the summer monsoon months.
Ethnobotany: Rhizomes used to a limited extent in villages for flavouring curries.