Kaempferia L.
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 2. 1753. (1 May 1753)

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Kaempferia L. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-4000019767. Accessed on: 18 Sep 2021'

General Information

Rhizomes fleshy, tuberous; roots often bearing small tubers. Pseudostem short or obsolete. Leaves 1 to few; ligule usually small or absent; petiole short; leaf blade suborbicular to filiform, sometimes variegated or abaxially purple. Inflorescences terminal on pseudostems or on separate shoots arising from rhizomes (when appearing before pseudostems), capitate, spirally few to many flowered; bracts 1-flowered; bracteoles small, apically 2-lobed or sometimes 2-cleft to base. Calyx tubular, split on 1 side, apex unequally 2- or 3-toothed. Corolla tube equaling or much longer than calyx; lobes spreading or reflexed, lanceolate, subequal. Lateral staminodes petaloid. Labellum usually white or lilac, sometimes marked with different color near base, showy, apically 2-lobed to 2-cleft to base. Filament very short or absent; connective extended into crest exserted from throat of flower, entire or 2-cleft. Ovary 3-loculed. Capsule globose or ellipsoid; pericarp thin. Seeds subglobose to ellipsoid; aril lacerate.

  • Provided by: [A].Flora Of CHina @ efloras.org
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    Kaempferia rotunda L., Sp. Pl. 3. 1753.

    Hierbas hasta 0.5 m de alto; tallos cortos o ausentes. Hojas pecioladas, angostamente elípticas, 10–50 cm de largo y 5–15 cm de ancho, ápice agudo, base atenuada, haz variegada, subglabra, envés densamente pubérulo y purpúreo; lígula ca 4 mm de largo. Inflorescencia un racimo basal, espiciforme, terminal en un brote corto, afilo y apareciendo antes que las hojas, brácteas angostamente elípticas a ampliamente ovadas, 1–3.5 cm de largo, agudas, herbáceas, densamente pubérulas, blancas, bractéolas 15–30 mm de largo; flores fragantes; cáliz 30–70 mm de largo; corola 75–140 mm de largo, glabra, blanca; labelo vistoso, profundamente 2-lobado, 40–70 mm de largo, morado, estaminodios laterales petaloides, erectos, libres, 35–50 mm de largo, blancos, lobos del labelo y estaminodios laterales creando en conjunto una "flor 4-lobada. Cápsula no vista.

    Cultivada; Guzmán 74; cultivada como ornamental. Género con ca 50 especies, nativo de Asia tropical.

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     Information From

    Flora Of CHina @ efloras.org
    'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=2 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • A Missouri Botanical Garden
    Flora de Nicaragua
    WD Stevens, CU Ulloa, A Pool and OM Montiel. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2001
    • B Missouri Botanical Garden
    World Flora Online consortium
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Zingiberaceae Resource Center
    • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).