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Alpinia malaccensis (Burm.) Rosc.


Description from Flora of China

Maranta malaccensis N. L. Burman, Fl. Indica, 2. 1768.

Pseudostems ca. 3 m or more. Ligule 2-cleft, to 1 cm, slightly tomentose; petiole ca. 2 cm, grooved; leaf blade oblong-lanceolate or lanceolate, to 90 × 15 cm, abaxially pubescent, base acute, apex acuminate. Racemes erect, to 35 cm; rachis stout, densely yellow pubescent; bracteoles white, broadly elliptic, 3.5--4 cm. Pedicel ca. 7 mm, densely yellow pubescent. Calyx campanulate, ca. 1.5 cm, densely sericeous. Corolla white, sericeous; tube ca. 1 cm; lobes oblong-lanceolate, 2.5--3 cm. Lateral staminodes absent. Labellum yellow with red stripes, ovate, ca. 3.5 cm, apex emarginate. Stamen ca. 2.4 cm. Ovary villous. Capsule yellow, globose, ca. 2 cm in diam., dehiscing irregularly. Fl. Apr. 2 n = 48*.

Cultivated as an ornamental.

Xizang, Yunnan; cultivated in Guangdong [Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia (Java), W Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand].


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