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General Features of the family Zingiberaceae

Zingiberaceae with about 50 genera and more than 1500 species are distributed mainly in the tropics and subtropics. India has rich diversity of Zingiberaceous plants. perhaps 200 of the world taxa occur in India. Many species are economically important as source of food.




For the collection of live specimens and to explore new ones, extensive field trips were conducted throughout India especially in South India, Northeast India, Himalayas and Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 1990 onwards. More than 100 expeditions have been made in the dense forests of those areas by the team. More than 200 species under 20 genera and about 2000 accessions were collected and maintained in the Calicut University Botanical Garden. Herbaria were also prepared from all these collections.

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