Archive for Order: Zingiberales

Thalia geniculata

Thalia geniculata L.

Recent Synonyms:

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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My Waterway @ Punggol; Cultivated; 2011.

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My Waterway @ Punggol; Cultivated; 2011.

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Costus woodsonii

Costus woodsonii Maas

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.


National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2011.


National University of Singapore; Cultivated; 2011.

More pictures can be found at

(1) The Plant Observatory website

(2) NParks Flora Fauna Web website

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Hornstedtia scyphifera

Hornstedtia scyphifera (J. König) Steud var. scyphifera

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Native; Vulnerable. Cultivated.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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Peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Pulai; 2011.

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Peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Pulai; 2011.

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Alpinia zerumbet

Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B. L. Burtt & R. M. Sm.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens; Cultivated; 2010.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens; Cultivated; 2010.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens; Cultivated; 2010.

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Etlingera elatior

Etlingera elatior (Jack) R.M. Sm.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens; Cultivated; 2010.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens; Cultivated; 2010.

Other Information:

Common Name: Torch Ginger.

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Ravenala madagascariensis

Ravenala madagascariensis Sonn.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Cultivated only.

Growth Form or Habit: Tree.


Queenstown; Cultivated; 2010.


Queenstown; Cultivated; 2010.

Occurence: Occurs only in cultivation.

Distribution: Endemic to Madagascar; naturalised in Mascarene Islands.

Other Information:

Ravenala is a monotypic genus.

Common Name: Traveller’s Palm.

Reference: Protabase.

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Costus lucanusianus

Costus lucanusianus J. Braun & K. Sch.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Casual. Cultivated.

Growth Form or Habit: Herb.

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Sengkang; Secondary forest; 2010.

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