5. Alpinia zerumbet (Persoon) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Smith ZINGIBERACEAE
It is not certain where this plant was originally native, but somewhere in tropical South or South-East Asia. In this region, as in China, it is widely grown in gardens as an ornamental, and in temperate regions in conservatories, for its attractive shell-like flowers that are borne in drooping inflorescences. The specific name ‘zerumbet’ is Persian and has probably been applied to several different species of the ginger family.