Singapore Government Logo

A Singapore Government Agency Website


Globba leucantha Miq.

Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Semi-Shade Lots of Water


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Small perennial herb with erect growth form up to 1 m tall.
Foliage Leaves are elongated and elliptic. They have a ribbed surface due to prominent venation.
Stems It has underground, horizontal stems known as rhizomes.
Flowers The inflorescence is composed of white, hooked flowers.   
Habitat This species is found in tropical moist forests.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Raised / Sunken Veins

Image Repository



Master ID 32264
Species ID 6672
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.