Sunday, July 19, 2015

[Botany • 2015] Nine New Zingiber Species (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam

Zingiber lecongkietii Škorničk. & H.Đ.Trần
A. Habit. B. Pseudostem and detail of ligules (front and back view). C. Inflorescence (side view). D. Inflorescence (top view). E. Flower (front view).
Photo: Jana Leong-Škorničková.


Nine new Zingiber species from Vietnam are reported here. Of these, Z. lecongkietii belongs to the sect. Cryptanthium, five species, Z. atroporphyreus, Z. cardiocheilum, Z. castaneum, Z. mellis and Z. plicatum, are terminally flowering species belonging to the sect. Dymczewiczia, and three species, Z. discolor, Z. microcheilum and Z. yersinii, belong to sect. Zingiber. Detailed descriptions, colour plates and preliminary IUCN assessments are given for all species. As the five terminally flowering novelties more than double the previously known number of species in the Z. sect. Dymczewiczia in Vietnam, a key to this section is provided.

Keywords: Zingiber atroporphyreus, Z. cardiocheilum, Z. castaneum, Z. discolor, Z. lecongkietii, Z. mellis, Z. microcheilum, Z. plicatum, Z. yersinii

Jana Leong-Skornickova, Quốc Bình Nguyễn, Hữu Đăng Trần, Otakar Šída, Romana Rybková and Bá Vương Trương. 2015. Nine New Zingiber Species (Zingiberaceae) from Vietnam. Phytotaxa. 219(3): 201–220. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.219.3.1


  1. Hands on work and cautious morphological investigation of herbarium accumulations keep, exploiting specialized advances which enormously help to enhance the utility and broadness of access of taxonomic results.

  2. This is a really good collection, a great resource for inspiration. Several are wonderful.