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General Features of the family Zingiberaceae

Zingiberaceae with about 50 genera and more than 1500 species are distributed mainly in the tropics and subtropics. India has rich diversity of Zingiberaceous plants. perhaps 200 of the world taxa occur in India. Many species are economically important as source of food.


Stahlianthus Kuntze
Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 697. 1891.

New distributional record for India. The genus Stahlianthus Kuntze is recorded for the first time from India. S. involucratus is recorded from Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The genus is characterized by the possession of an involucre of two bracts fused at the base, forming a bell-like structure, the emarginate or only shortly bifid labellum and the absence of epigynous glands.

Stahlianthus involucratus

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