Alpinia caerulea, Fam. Zingiberaceae
Clumping habit with stems up to 4m long above an underground rhizome.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Leaves broadly elliptical up to 40cm long by 10cm wide. The base of the leaf encloses the stem and leaves can have a red colour on the underside.
|Flower colour:||White, cream or pink|
|Flower description:||Flowers born on a terminal head approximately 25cm long from August to March.|
|Fruit colour:||Green to blue to black when ripe|
|Fruit description:||Each fruit contains approximately 30 seeds when ripe.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest,Rainforest|
|Distribution||Queensland and north-east New South Wales.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Fruits and young rhizomes are edible.|
|Information sources:||Cooper W. & Cooper W.T. (2004) Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest.|