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Kaempferia gilbertii  W. Bull


Botanical Name


Kaempferia gilbertii W. Bull

English Name


Variegated peacock ginger, Variegated ginger lily



Kaempferia angustifolia Roscoe, Kaempferia roxburghiana Schult., Kaempferia undulata Teijsm. & Binnend. non Link





General Info


A small herb. Leaves 2-8, glabrous, sheaths 3-4 cm long, blade linear-lanceolate to oblong-elliptical, 7-20 cm x 1-10 cm. Inflorescence emerging from between the leaves, sessile, with 10-12 flower buds, only a few of which develop; calyx 3-5 cm long, white, corolla white, tube up to 8.5 cm long, lobes up to 3.5 cm long, labellum obovate, 20-30 mm x 10-25 mm, incised to about one third, purple, other staminodes lanceolate to oblong-obovate, 18-37 mm long, white, fertile stamen about 10 mm long, connective shortly bilobed with acute lobes. Fruit is a loculicidal capsule or is berrylike.

Herb Effects

Astringent (small roots and tubers); coolant (main rhizome)


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Medicinal Use

Used against dysentery and diarrhoea, and also to treat coughs (small roots and tubers)



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