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Zingiber zerumpet darcyii

Description: This species is a variegated leaf form of Zingiber zerumpet. Leafy stems grow to about 3ft tall. Leaves variegated with white/cream stripes. Bracts of inflorescence also variegated with white along the edges. Flower stems grow to about 12 inches tall. Summer, during the monsoons and the cones last till mid autumnWinter dormant. The stems and cones start drying off from mid autumn. Rhizomes remain underground through winter The cones make a good cut flower.

Habitat: Southeast Asia

Ethnobotany: The summer flowering period also coincides with the monsoons in Asia. Water collects among the bracts which eventually turns into a viscous liquid. This is used as a shampoo in Asian countries.

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