Zingiber officinale Roscoe

Common Ginger

Leafy shoots to 2 m tall. Leaves linear-lanceolate, to 15 cm long, 2 cm wide, tips long-pointed, ligule with 2 lobes. Flower cluster ovoid in outline, 4-5 cm long, 2 cm wide on an erect stalk to 25 cm long. Bracts green. Flowers pale yellow. Lip entire, yellow and purple.

Asia (exact origin unknown)

The source of commercial ginger; it is grown extensively in Queensland.


Z. spectabile Griff. from Malaysia is occasionally offered.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Zingiberaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Zingiberales
family       Zingiberaceae
genus        Zingiber Boehm.