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Useful Tropical Plants

Alpinia elegans

(C.Presl) K.Schum.

Zingiberaceae

+ Synonyms

Alpinia gigantea Fern.-Vill.

Alpinia gracilis (Blanco) Rolfe

Hellenia gracilis (Blanco) Hausskn.

Kolowratia elegans C.Presl

Languas elegans (C.Presl) Burkill

Renealmia gracilis Blanco

Common Name:

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General Information

Alpinia elegans is an evergreen, herbaceous perennial plant, producing leafy stems 2 - 4 metres tall from a stout, creeping rhizome[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

973
Title
A Flora of Manilla
Publication
 
Author
Merrill E.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/Default.aspx
Publisher
Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Science; Manila
Year
1912
ISBN
 
Description
A rather old publication, the botanical names are often out of date, but the book still contains information not easily available elsewhere. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines.

Habitat

Thickets along the sides of streams at low to moderate elevations[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Plants in this genus generally grow best in a sunny or partially sunny position in a moist, fertile soil[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
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Plants flower all year round[
973
Title
A Flora of Manilla
Publication
 
Author
Merrill E.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/Default.aspx
Publisher
Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Science; Manila
Year
1912
ISBN
 
Description
A rather old publication, the botanical names are often out of date, but the book still contains information not easily available elsewhere. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the rhizomes is taken as a treatment for haemoptysis[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].The young rhizomes are soaked in water and the infusion is drunk as a remedy for headache[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
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http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The leaves, pounded with a little salt, are rubbed on paralyzed parts of a patient[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The juice expressed from young stems is used as a treatment for urticaria[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division of the rhizome[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-25. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Alpinia+elegans>

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