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Beehive Ginger

Zingiber spectabile


Zingiber spectabile Griff., family Zingiberaceae, called Beehive Ginger, Nodding Gingerwort, Microfono, is an erect plant, leaves are long and mostly oblong shaped, tapering to a single point at their tip. Under ideal circumstances, the plant can reach a height of 4.5 metres (15 ft), or even more. All parts of the plant have a strong gingery fragrance. The bracts are pale yellow in a young inflorescence, becoming red as it matures, especially if it gets some full sun. The beehive-shaped bracts grow from the base of the plant on short spikes. The cones open to produce brown and yellow spotted flowers, the resulting combination looks like bees in a hive, giving the plant its name. The flowers are long lasting and around 10-15 cm long. Native of India, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Thailand.


Makiling Botanic Gardens, a 300-hectare forest park of the Mt. Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, UPLB-College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna.



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Thanks, triggsturner! :)

triggsturner 5 years ago

Well done Agnes on your SOTD. Lovely series

Thank you, Dr. Sherpa :)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats Agnes for the SOTD!

Thanks Ashley! Thanks PN for the honor! <3

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Agnes, this aptly-named plant has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



Thanks again, Daniel :)

Daniel R Hughes
Daniel R Hughes 5 years ago

Great spotting i see why they call it that

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 20, 2013
Submitted on Dec 3, 2015

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