Alpinia roxburghii?

bernard_qld(Brisbane Aust)November 8, 2003

Does anyone know how the leaves of Alpinia roxburghii look like? I bought one plant with this name but cannot find any useful info on how the plant actually looks like. It has fine (1-2 mm wide) cream coloured lines along the nerves of the leaves, looking a bit similar to A. formosana (spelling?). Are there any other Alpinias that have very regular white/cream lines on the leaves (it is not the variegated Shell ginger, I am sure). Anyone having an idea? Thanks.

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AmberSky(9b FL)

Alpinia Sanderae- Striped Ginger

    Bookmark   November 8, 2003 at 12:56PM
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CoolPlants

The only info I can find is for Hedychium roxburghii but no photos or much of description.
kevin

    Bookmark   November 8, 2003 at 3:05PM
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bernard_qld(Brisbane Aust)

Thanks AmberSky but it is not A.sanderae or vittata. My plant looks more like A. formosana, it has narrow parallel creamish white stripes. Any other suggestions?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2003 at 6:34AM
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Louis_VIC(z9b Melbourne)

Hi Bernard, maybee its just another A. formasana.
regards Louis

    Bookmark   November 10, 2003 at 8:35PM
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bernard_qld(Brisbane Aust)

Well, not much information to go by. It is possible that my plant is indeed A. formosana, maybe it was just incorrectly labelled (but why on earth A. roxburghii). Must have another close look at A. formosana in our local Bot. Garden, maybe mine is identical to theirs.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2003 at 5:55AM
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caerulea(9bNSW Australia)

Hi Bernard

I bought a plant labeled Alpinia roxburghii from northern NSW. When I researched it was wrongly labeled and is Alpinia formosana, The pin striped ginger.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2004 at 5:25AM
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TimChapman(Z8 Louisiana)

Although there are about 10 or so different variegated Alpinia, I can't think of any that have the same type variegation as A. formosana. Most have an irregular variegation, not the consistantly thin spaced stripes. The link below has some closeups of the foliage of A. formosana. The Alpinia page has some of the other variegates as well.

Tim Chapman

Here is a link that might be useful: Alpinia formosana

    Bookmark   December 3, 2004 at 10:25AM
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bernard_qld(Brisbane Aust)

Thank you all for your comments and help. Since the plant had very recently flowered, it appears to be A. formosana.
Thanks again

    Bookmark   December 8, 2004 at 8:43AM
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