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Common name

English: Malay Ginger, Spiral Flag

Mandarin: 闭鞘姜 (bi qiao jiang)

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2616)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2519)

    Class: Liliopsida (388)

      Order: Zingiberales (26)

        Family: Costaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Hellenia (1)

            Epithet: speciosa (J.Koenig) S.R.Dutta (6)

Synonyms: Amomum arboreum Lour., Amomum hirsutum Lam., Banksea speciosa J.König, Cardamomum arboreum (Lour.) Kuntze, Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Koenig) C.D.Specht, Costus speciosus (J.König) Sm.

arboreum => like a tree

hirsutum => having long distinct hairs, rough, hairy

speciosa => beautiful

speciosus => beautiful, showy or brilliant

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet, pink, white

External links

Check for Hellenia speciosa at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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