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Snowflake Ginger

Photo: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey

'Pleated Ginger' Alpinia arctflora

  • A very attractive ginger with, as the common names suggests, wavy 'pleated' margins to the leaves.

  • Small hairs on the underside of the leaf produce a beautiful soft, velvety feel.

  • The other common name of 'snowflake ginger' alludes to the pretty white flowers that are produced at the end of the main pseudo-stems.

  • The flowers have a yellow centre and are reported by Nicholson and Nicholson (1995) to be the biggest flower of any Australian ginger.

  • These are followed by an unattractive collection of fruits that are at first green, then turn into what looks like small brownish-gray bananas.

  • The many small seeds and their flaky white surroundings can be nibbled, but are not considered particularly edible.

  • This plant is found in gaps on the edge of tropical rainforest in north Queensland (Nicholson and Nicholson 1995).

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide


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