Sunday, May 15, 2011

Shell Ginger

Shell Ginger Alpinia zerumbet is a native of India and South-East Asia. I found these plants growing wild in the woods of Hong Kong. They were flowering profusely, and bumblebees were hovering round the plants. The flowers are pretty and shell like, and coloured a delicate shade of yellow and white.
Shell ginger is used extensively in Indian medicine for the treatment of Bronchitis and Arthritis.