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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.

 

Boesenbergia O. Kuntze.
Rev. Gen Pl. 2: 685. 1891

Small forest plants with shoots consisting of 1- few leaves. Often with purple sheaths. Inflorescence radical or terminal, bracts distichous, each subtending one single flower. It comprises of about 80 species throughout tropical Asia. Distributed from India to Malaya. In India the genus is repreesented by 6 species with 2 endemics.

Boesenbergia longiflora
Boesenbergia pandurata
Boesenbergia pulcherrima
Boesenbergia siphonantha
Boesenbergia tiliaefolia

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