Shell Ginger Alpinia Zerumbet Zingerberaceae Maui Hawaii
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Alpinia zerumbet (Light galangal, Pink porcelain lily, Shell flower, Shell ginger, Variegated ginger, Butterfly ginger, Japanese: gettō; Chinese: 艳山姜; pinyin: yen shānjiāng) is a Chinese perennial plant of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae).
Native to eastern Asia, this plant is a rhizomatous, ever green tropical perennial that grows in upright clumps 8-10 feet tall in tropical climates. It bears funnel-formed flowers. Flowers have white or pink perianths with yellow labella with red spots and stripes.
There are three stamens, but only one has pollen. There is one pistil. The fruit is globose with many striations. In more typical conditions, it reaches 4-8 feet tall in the green house, and 3-4 feet tall, as a house plant.
It is called a shell ginger or shell flower most commonly, because its individual pink flowers, especially when in bud, resemble sea shells.
Zingiberaceae, or the Ginger family, is a family of flowering plants consisting of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes, comprising ca. 52 genera and more than 1300 species, distributed throughout tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Many species are important ornamental plants, spices, or medicinal plants. Ornamental genera include the shell gingers (Alpinia), Siam or summer tulip (Curcuma alismatifolia), Globba, ginger lily (Hedychium), Kaempferia, torch-ginger Nicolaia, Renealmia, and ginger (Zingiber). Spices include ginger (Zingiber), galangal or Thai ginger (Alpinia galanga and others), melegueta pepper (Aframomum melegueta), myoga (Zingiber mioga), turmeric (Curcuma), cardamom (Amomum, Elettaria)
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Flowering Shell Ginger photographed at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center gardens Makawao Maui Hawaii
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December 22nd, 2011
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