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Zingiber singapurense Škorničk.

Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Native to Singapore Ornamental Flowers Herbaceous


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Singapore
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status 1 Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a rhizomatous herb which grows to 0.8 m tall.
Foliage Its leaf blades are narrowly ovate, measuring 15-22 cm long and 2-3 cm wide, dark green and glossy.
Stems Its stems are underground rhizomes.
Flowers Its inflorescence are about 23 cm long, with showy orange-red to white bracts. The individual flower is cream-white to pale yellow, and measures about 6-7 cm long.
Cultivation It prefers shady and moist conditions.
Etymology The specific epithet is derived from Singapore's name in Malay, 'Singapura'.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 33693
Species ID 8107
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.