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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.


Curcuma rubrobracteata   Skornickova & M. Sabu

Described from Mizoram, N.E. India. This taxon, within its genus, is unique in a few characters. It differs from all other known species not only by having creeping rhizomes, bright red bracts with no distinct coma and inflorescence, but especially by position of its inflorescence. This gorgeous species is named in correspondence with the red bracts of its spike..


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