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Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Genus: Hedychium
Botanical name: Hedychium spicatum
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Gandhapalashi, Gandha sathi, Sandharlika, Sathi, Gandhamulika
Hindi: Kapur kachri, Sandharlika
English: Spiked Ginger Lily
Malayalam: Valiyakatcholam, Katchooram
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Spiked Ginger Lily is a smallish hardy ginger, growing to around 1-1.5 m, with leafy stems. Flowers are fragrant, white with an orange-red base, appearing in a dense spike, 15-25 cm, at the top of the stem. Flower tube is 5-6.5 cm long, much longer than the sepal cup, with white narrow petals spreading outwards. Lip is white with two elliptic lobes with an orange base. Filaments of the stamens are red. Leaves are oblong, up to a foot long and 4-12 cm broad, much like Halide leaves. A perfume Abeer is obtained from the root stock. Spiked Ginger Lily is found from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 1800-2800 m.
The rhizomes of Spiked Ginger Lily are used for blood purifier, smooch trouble, dysentery, inflammation, liver complaints, vomiting, and skin problems.
Hedychium spicatum
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