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Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) Burtt & R.M. Sm.
Shellflower, Shell ginger

Alpinia zerumbet
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Fortsetzung des Allgemeinen teutschen Garten-Magazin oder gemeinnützige Beiträge für alle Theile des praktischen Gartenwesens [J.F. Bertuch], vol. 5: t. 21 (1820).

Family: Zingiberaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Tropical Asia; cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Cultivated Only

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For images, click on the USDA PLANTS and Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants links below.

Other data on Alpinia zerumbet available from :

Alpinia zerumbet has been found in the following 12 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Alice C. Wainwright Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Big and Little George Hammocks Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Everglades National Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Peck Lake Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Pine Island Ridge Natural Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Rockdale Pineland Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Simpson Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only

Alpinia zerumbet has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Cultivated Only


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Alpinia zerumbet
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Fortsetzung des Allgemeinen teutschen Garten-Magazin oder gemeinnützige Beiträge für alle Theile des praktischen Gartenwesens [J.F. Bertuch], vol. 5: t. 21 (1820).