Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son
known in the western world as Zeodary
Description: Rhizomes remain underground and dormant in winter. Flowers appear in early spring as the weather warms up. Individual inflorescence grows to about 8 to 10 inches tall. Sheaths covering the flower stem are brownish green in color. Floral bracts are light green and the apical flower bracts are deep pink flushed with green. Color of bracts are variable within the red/pink shades. The whole inflorescence remains in good condition on the plant for about a month and more. Makes a good cut flower with a vase life of about 10 to 15 days. Leaves are decorative with a deep purple/brown line along the center. Grows to about 3 ft tall in full growth. Leaves dry off in November.
Habitat: Eastern Himalayas. Found growing in open hillsides with shade from surrounding grasses and low growing scrub.
Ethnobotany: The rhizomes of this species produces Zeodary of commerce.