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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.


Rhynchanthus Hook f.
Curtis Bot. Mag. t. 6861. 1886

Usually epiphytic. Inflorescence terminal on a leafy shoot with bright red bracts each saftending one orange flower. Lateral staminodes absent and the labellum reduced to a small tooth at the base of the filament. This genus is represented by 6 species distributed in Myanmar, India and South China. This genus is known in India by only its type species ie., Rhynchanthus longiflorus Hook. f.

Rhynchanthus longiflorus

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