Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger


Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Siphonochilus Aethiopicus (= Kaempferia Aethiopica)
Description
The rootstock of the Wild Ginger does not only smell like ginger, but also tastes like it. The Wild Ginger is part of the Ginger family and carries a bunch of leaves, which develop during or after flowering. The fragrant flowers, which are 60 - 80 mm in width, are light pink to light purple in colour and are carried near the surface of the ground. Although the delicate flowers only last one day, the plant can bring forth 25 flowers from October to November. The rootstock of the Wild Ginger is mainly used for medicine against cold and flu and is slowly disappearing from the veld.
Habitat
This flower can be seen growing in rocky areas in the bushveld.



 
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