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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.


Parakaempferia A. S. Rao & D. M. Verma
Bull. Bot. Surv. Inida 11: 206. 1971.

Monotypic genus, established by A. S. Rao & D. M. Verma in 1969. It is distinctive in its elongated leafy stem, contemporaneous with the radical spikes and is rather lax. Each bract suspends a single bracteolate flower. In India the genus is endemic to Assam. .


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