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Zingiber spectabile Griff.

Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Common Name: Beehive ginger
Full Shade Semi Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Herbaceous Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Thailand, Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous herb
Foliage Leafy shoots to 2m in length; shoots usually erect if growing under high light conditions, often arching over if grown in deep shade.
Flowers Inflorescence borne on separate lateral shoots, to 0.5m in height. Bracts of inflorescence dull yellow to reddish orange, forming open pouches with incurved margins. Flowers: Corolla dull greenish yellow - pale yellow; lip dark reddish brown to maroon, with yellow spots
Ethnobotanical Uses Medicinal ( Water collected from the bracts of the inflorescence is used by the Orang Aslis of the Temuan tribe (Negri Sembilan, Malaysia) to treat conjunctivitis)
Cut - Dried Flower ( Inflorescence is harvested for the cut flower industry)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Brown, Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Smooth, Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31091
Species ID 5481
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.