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Alpinia zerumbet (shellplant)

Synonyms: Alpinia cristata; Alpinia fimbriata; Alpinia fluvitialis; Alpinia nutans var. longiramosa; Alpinia penicillata; Alpinia schumanniana; Alpinia speciosa; Amomum nutans; Catimbium speciosum; Costus zerumbet; Languas schumanniana; Languas speciosa; Renealmia nutans; Renealmia spectabilis; Zerumbet speciosum

Wikipedia Abstract

Alpinia zerumbet, commonly known as shell ginger, is a perennial species of ginger native to East Asia. They can grow up to 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) tall and bear colorful funnel-shaped flowers. They are grown as ornamentals and their leaves are used in cuisine and traditional medicine. They are also sometimes known as the pink porcelain lily, variegated ginger or butterfly ginger.
View Wikipedia Record: Alpinia zerumbet

Invasive Species

Alpinia zerumbet is a lush, coarse-textured, clumping evergreen planted for its heavy rosette of arching stems and green leaves arising from a large loose center. A. zerumbet forms dense thickets in suitable habitats, for example on stream banks and shady slopes. It produces as many as a 1000 seeds per square foot. Seeds have fleshy appendages and are bird dispersed; they may be carried by water when it grows near streams. It also reproduces by rhizome division.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Herb

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Mburucuyá National Park II   Corrientes, Argentina  


Chrysomphalus dictyospermi (dictyospermum scale)[4]
Jamides alecto (Metallic Cerulean)[5]
Notocrypta curvifascia (Restricted Demon)[5]
Udaspes folus (Grass demon skipper)[5]


S. China; S. Japan to Taiwan, S. China to N. Pen. Malaysia; S. Japan, Nansei-shoto, Taiwan, S. China to N. Pen. Malaysia;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000) 2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935 3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 4Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants 5HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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