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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.


Hitchenia Wall.
Trans. Med. Phys. Soc. Calcutta 7: 215. 1835.

The genus comprises of only 3 species distributed in North and Northeastern India and Myanmar. In India it is represented 2 species and with 1 endemic species. The genus looks Similar to Curcuma having broadly oblong-lanceolate leaves and thick fleshy rhizomes. Inflorescence a terminal compact spike.

Hitchenia caulina
Hitchenia careyana

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