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Useful Tropical Plants

Hedychium longicornutum

Griff. ex Baker

Zingiberaceae

+ Synonyms

Hedychium crassifolium Baker

Common Name: Perched Gingerwort

Hedychium longicornutum
Close-up of the flowering stems
Photograph by: Jungle Rebel
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Hedychium longicornutum Hedychium longicornutum

General Information

Hedychium longicornutum is an epiphytic herb that clasps on to the branches of trees and large shrubs near ground level with its thick mass of fleshy roots[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Several leafy stems up to 70cm tall grow out of a short, thick rhizome[
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The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Widely scattered in lowland and lower hill forests on the stems and branches of small trees, which it clasps with its thick mass of fleshy roots[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are used in the treatment of syphilis[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A decoction of the roots, added to a bath, is traditionally used as a vermifuge[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The root decoction is applied externally to treat earache[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
310
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.
].

A decoction of the smaller wormlike rhizomes is used as a remedy for intestinal worms - this is probably based on the doctrine of signatures[
310
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 - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a lightly shaded position in containers in a nursery. Germination is best at 18°c[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out when large enough.
Division as growth commences[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Dig up the clump and divide it with a sharp spade or knife, making sure that each division has a growing shoot. Larger clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on until they are established.
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