Alpinia arundelliana — Native Ginger, Small-leaved Ginger—ZINGIBERACEAE

Alpinia arundelliana

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—North from Wyong NSW to North Queensland.

Description—Perennial herb to 2 m high.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Red Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Leaves with lamina lanceolate, simple, alternate, 12—25 mm long, 2—4 cm wide, glabrous, apex acuminate; ligule 3—4 mm long, entire, usually minutely ciliate. Leaf margins wavy.

Alpinia arundelliana
Alpinia arundelliana

Inflorescence.—Inflorescence 5—8 cm long, glabrous; pedicels to 4 mm long. Outer tepals 3—4 mm long. Inner tepal tube 3—4 mm long; labellum reniform, shortly clawed, 4—6 mm long, 6—8 mm wide, rose—red. Lateral staminodes minute. Ovary c. 2 mm long, glabrous, 3—locular or imperfectly so.

Flowering.—November to January

Fruit—Capsule c. 10 mm diam., dark blue-black

Ripe.—March to July

Alpinia arundelliana