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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Hedychium (ginger lilies)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Zingiberales > Family: Zingiberaceae

About 45 species, all native to Asia. There are three species that are cultivated and which have become naturalised in southern Africa. An additional species is cultivated but not naturalised. All four species are declared Category 1 invasive plants in South Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Hedychium coronarium

Native from India to Indonesia.


Hedychium flavescens

Native to the Himalayas.


Hedychium gardnerianum

Native to the Himalayas. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Information from Glen (2002).

Hedychium coccineum

Native to the Himalayas.