Saturday, June 4, 2011

A flat and maroon ginger

This palm-sized peacock ginger originated from Thailand - I have no idea what it could be. A website listed this as Kaempferia purpurata but I do not think it is a valid name. K. purpurea perhaps ?

Like most Kaempferias, it is seasonal and the 2 large palm-size leaves appear only for a few months of the year, during which the single white flower will protrude between them. The flower lasts only 1 day but will be replaced by new ones while in season. The bloom reminds me of K. rotunda but the leaves are totally different.

Please drop me a line if you have any idea what is the ID ; alternatively any literature of Kaempferia purpurea should help also.


Hermes said...

As usual no idea - but what a great picture and plant.

Hort Log said...

Yes this is a rather strange one. Good to see you back.

Bom said...

I think you are right about the species name being purpurea. This is an unusual plant that you have. I like it.

mr_subjunctive said...

Plant List includes K. purpurea but not K. purpurata. (ref.)

Anonymous said...

I believe you are right completely.

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