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.
White, Cream, Pink
|Flower description:||White, cream or pink flowers born on a terminal head approximately 25cm long. August to March.|
Black, Blue, Green
|Fruit description:||Green to blue to black when ripe. Each fruit contains approximately 30 seeds.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, 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:||Beasley J. (2008) Plants of tropical North Queensland: The Compact Guide., Cooper W. & Cooper W.T. (2004) Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest.|