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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig
Koenig, K.D. (1783) Observationes Botanicae: 73. Type: Malaya, Konig, s.n.; holo: ?.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrubby plant about 1-2 m tall but it should be noted that only the leaves are above ground level. The true stem is below the soil surface.
The interpretation of the structure of the flowers of this species can be difficult because the staminodes resemble petals and the petals can then be mistaken for sepals. Flowers emit a pleasant but strong honeysuckle odour. Inflorescence terminal, about 20 cm long. Bracts broad, 3.5-7 cm long, imbricate, each subtending about 2-6 flowers. Bracteoles similar to the bracts. Calyx pubescent on the outer surface, about 3.5-4.5 cm long. Corolla tube about twice as long as the calyx, glabrous, about 7.5-8 cm long, lobes about 3-3.7 cm long. Labellum about 4-4.5 x 3-3.7 cm. Anther curved, orange, about 15 mm long, filament glabrous, about 40-55 mm long. Pollen white. Style +/- enclosed in the anther filament and anther. Stigma green.
First shoots resemble a cataphyll. The first true leaf is +/- orbicular and glabrous. Subsequent leaves are ovate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf base or the petiole sheathing the stem. Ligules present on all leaves.
Distribution and Ecology
An introduced species originally from Asia and Malesia (?) now naturalized in NEQ and in south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in NEQ from near sea level to 750 m. Grows in wet areas in disturbed rain forest or abandoned agricultural land.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A12761.htm)
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)