Tuesday, December 1, 2020

[Botany • 2021] Etlingera dostseiana (Zingiberaceae) • A New Species from Mindanao, Philippines

Etlingera dostseiana Naive, Demayo & Alejandro 

in Naive, Demayo & Alejandro, 2021.

Recent fieldwork on the island of Mindanao, Philippines resulted in the discovery of a species — Etlingera dostseiana Naive, Demayo & Alejandro (Zingiberaceae) — described here as new to science. It is unique among the Philippine Etlingera due to having an ovoid spike, papery bracts when fruiting, and stilt roots. A detailed description, photographs, phenology and habitat ecology of this endemic Etlingera species are provided. A total of 17 species of Etlingera are now known the Philippines, 11 of them endemic.



This species is called Kating-kating by the Higaonon tribe in the Bukidnon Province, and the fruits were reported as edible (eaten as forest snack by the local people). So far the species can only be found in the island of Mindanao specifically in Bukidnon (type locality), Davao del Sur and Misamis Oriental.

The specific epithet “dostseiana” was coined in honour of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), for advancing and developing the Philippines human resource potential in science and technology by granting scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.
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Naive M.A.K., Demayo C.G. and Alejandro G.J.D. 2021: Etlingera dostseiana (Zingiberaceae), A New Species from Mindanao, Philippines. Ann. Bot. Fennici. 58: 33–36.