Hedychium gardnerianum Sheppard ex Ker Gawl.

Bot. Reg. 9: t.774A & B (1823-1824) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Perennial herb to 2.5 m high. Leaves somewhat leathery, lanceolate, to 40 cm long and 15 cm wide; apex acuminate. Inflorescence spike-like, 25–35 cm long; bracts narrow, not overlapping, each subtending 1–2 flowers. Flowers bright yellow, pleasantly scented; labellum spathulate, bright yellow; staminodes obolanceolate; stamen twice the length of labellum, bright red. Capsule c. 15 mm long, inner surface orange; seeds with bright red aril.  

*GipP, *HSF. Native to India, commonly grown in cultivation, naturalised in the Dandenong ranges and Mornington Peninsula south-east of Melbourne.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-01-19
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2018-08-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Zingiberales
family Zingiberaceae
genus Hedychium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hedychium gardnerianum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hedychium gardnerianum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales