Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son
(popular common name = galangal)
Description: Thick rounded leaves that lay flat on the ground. New leaves start growing in mid spring from the small dormant rthizomes. In summer, one or two flowers produced successively from the centre of the growing tip. Flowering lasts over a two month period. Winter dormant. Leaves die down in late autumn and rhizomes remain underground through winter. Excellent seasonal ground cover or pot plant
Ethnobotany: dried or fresh rhizomes used in Asian cuisine as a spice. Rhizomes very aromatic.
NOTE: This species is currently prohibited by Government of India for export. A special nursery cultivated certificate is to be obtained for export documentation. Procedure has not been finalised yet.