Alpinia galanga (L.) Willd.
- Common Name: Greater Galangal
- Family: Zingiberaceae Lindley
- Country of Origin: S. China to W. & C. Malesia
- Habitat: Secondary growth in cultivated areas.
- Description: Aromatic perennial herb over 2 m high. Leaves large, oblong-lanceolate. Petiole short, pubescent. Ligule entire, hairy. Inflorescence terminal, 25-30 cm long, peduncle densely pubescent. Bracts membranous and deciduous. Flower pedicellate, calyx cylindrical, greenish-white. Labellum ungiculate in the lower half, white with a few oblique lilac lines on either side of the midrib. Anther thecae light green to yellow. Epigynous glands irregularly lobed with rounded apices. Ovary ellipsoid. Fruit globose, seeds few.3
- Uses: The rhizomes are bitter, acrid, thermogenic, aromatic, tonic">nervine tonic, stimulant, revulsive, carminative, stomachic, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, expectorant, broncho-dilator, antifungal, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory and tonic. The rhizome is stimulant, carminative and laxative and is useful in flatulence, dyspepsia, vomiting and sickness of the stomach.3
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- Accession # 201900116
- Source: Kress Collection, SI#2002079
Kress, W. J., Thet Htun, Bordelon, M., Sein Tun
Myanmar: Kachin State: Moe Hnyin Township
NE corner of Indawgyi Lake, 2 miles east of Lake.
living only; common name: Padegaw; deposited: US
herb; Shoots to 1.2 m, leaves green, pubescent below with red bases; rhizome with strong odor.
- Accession Date: 07-10-2019
- Bench: 3210 - ZING:Amomum/Curcuma
- Currently: active - new growth
- Qty: 1 confirmed on 12-14-2022
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Liliopsida
- SubClass: commelinids
- Order: Zingiberales
- Family: Zingiberaceae
- SubFamily: Alpinioideae
- Tribe: Alpinieae
- The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Last accessed on Saturday, 04 May, 2019.
- WCSP (2019). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Last accessed on Saturday, 04 May, 2019.
- Kumar KM, Asish GR, Sabu M, Balachandran I. , Significance of gingers (Zingiberaceae) in Indian System of Medicine - Ayurveda: An overview. Anc Sci Life. 2013;32(4):253–261. doi:10.4103/0257-7941.131989. Last accessed on Wednesday, 22 May, 2019.
- Medicinal Plants Names Service at Kew. Last accessed on Wednesday, 22 May, 2019.
- Image #00 (cropped) & #01 (original) used with the permission of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 10th and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20560-0193. Last accessed on Tuesday, 16 July, 2019.
data regenerated on Tue, 21 Feb 2023 11:56:25 -0500 [bcm v4.0]