Zingiberaceae

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Zingiberaceae

[‚zin·jə·bə′rās·ē‚ē]
(botany)
A family of aromatic monocotyledonous plants in the order Zingiberales characterized by one functional stamen with two pollen sacs, distichously arranged leaves and bracts, and abundant oil cells.

Zingiberaceae

 

the ginger family, a family of monocotyledonous plants. They are perennial aromatic herbs with a fleshy rhizome and often with tuberiform roots. The leaves are biserial, with long ocreae and a ligule. The flowers usually grow in racemes and rarely are single; they are for the most part bisexual and either regular or irregular. The ovary is inferior. The fruit is a capsule, and more rarely, berry-shaped. All parts of the plants contain essential oils. There are approximately 45 genera (more than 1,300 species), predominantly in the tropics, more rarely in the subtropics of South and Southeast Asia. A few exist in Africa and America. Zingiberaceae are cultivated as food condiments and as medicinal and ornamental plants (ginger, tormentil, cardamom, turmeric). In temperate latitudes some Zingiberaceae are cultivated in greenhouses.

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The ginger family consists of 53 genera and over 1,200 species, many of which are widely used as spices, for medical purposes, or simply for decoration.
"Botanica Magnifica" is organized into five sections: (I) Orchidaceae, presenting the full diversity of orchids; (II) Florilegium, portraying the complexity of flowers; (III) Proteus, illustrating plant forms perfectly adapted for survival; (IV) Zingiberaceae, a tribute to the ginger family; and (V) Botanicus, a selection of bizarre specimens from the renowned botanical research collection of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.
She had no-one left except her grandmother; yet sight of the ginger family cat elicited a moment of sheer joy.
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Grains of paradise is part of the ginger family and the flavour's a mix of ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom.
Native to tropical South Asia, it is a member of the ginger family. The pungent golden spice is used as a coloring and seasoning agent in numerous commercial food products as well as in Middle Eastern and South Asian cooking.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales claims the event on August 26 will be the country's first ever "Ginger Family Festival".
Turmeric is ground from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family that grows wild in the Himalayas.
Curcumin, a member of the ginger family, is used by Indian traditional healers for treating a wide range of ailments from rheumatism to abdominal pain.
It is a member of the ginger family and, in India, it is traditionally applied in the form of a paste of powder to aid healing of cuts and grazes.
When all else fails for pollination, a yellow flower in the ginger family relies on a substance that botanists say they've never seen before: a do-it-yourself oil slick.
So it is only fitting that cardamom, a green and aromatic member of the ginger family, should follow the coffee crop downward in a spiral of glut, plunging prices and abandoned plantations, reports Reuters (Aug.