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Useful Tropical Plants

Alpinia zerumbet

(Pers.) B.L.Burtt & R.M.Sm.

Zingiberaceae

+ Synonyms

Alpinia cristata Griff.

Alpinia fimbriata Gagnep.

Alpinia fluvitialis Hayata

Alpinia nutans longiramosa Gagnep.

Alpinia penicillata Roscoe

Alpinia schumanniana Valeton

Alpinia speciosa (J.C.Wendl.) K.Schum.

Amomum nutans (Andrews) Schult.

Catimbium speciosum (J.C.Wendl.) Holttum

Costus zerumbet Pers.

Languas schumanniana (Valeton) Sasaki

Languas speciosa (J.C.Wendl.) Small

Renealmia nutans Andrews

Renealmia spectabilis Rusby

Zerumbet speciosum J.C.Wendl.

Common Name:

Alpinia zerumbet
Variegated form, cultivated in the Parque Botanico de Maspalomas (Gran Canaria)
Photograph by: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
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General Information

Alpinia zerumbet is a herbaceous, evergreen perennial plant producing leafy stems that can be 2 - 3 metres tall from a creeping rootstock[
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The plant is particularly valued as a digestive tonic and is often harvested, both a a medicina and a a food and source of materials. It is cultivated throughout South-East Asia and in many other tropical and subtropical countries[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern China, southern Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia.

Habitat

Shaded areas in open forest[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Plants in this genus generally grow best in a sunny or partially sunny position in a moist, fertile soil[
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Plants flower on stems that are more than one year old[
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Edible Uses

The leaves are used as perfumed wrappers for cooked rice[
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The pith of the young stem was commonly eaten in parts of Malaysia[
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Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves is used as a bath against fevers[
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The rhizome is astringent, carminative, sedative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[
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The fresh rhizome is applied topically in the treatment of ringworms and other skin diseases[
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The seed is used to clear cold, invigorate the spleen and warm the stomach[
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Other Uses

The leaf sheaths are sometimes used as fibre for making rope[310.
The plant is pulped and the fibre used for making paper[
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Propagation

Seed -
Division of the rhizome[
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