Thursday, 25 February 2016

Greater Galangal | Adrak

Greater Galangal  | Adrak
Galangal image

Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Zingiberales
Family:Zingiberaceae
Subfamily:Alpinioideae
Tribe:Alpinieae
Genus:Alpinia
Species:A. galanga

Common Name :-Kulinjan

Botanical Name :-Alpinia Galanga

Description :-A herbaceous plant up2 m high; leaves long, narrow, green above, pale beneath, whitish on margins, median nerve very strong. Flowers about 3 cm long, greenish, white, in compound dense bunches; lip of corolla white, streaked with red. Fruits orange-red, size of small cherry. Rhizomes slightly aromatic.

Distribution :- The plants occurs naturally in the easter Himalayas and the Western Ghats; it is also cultivated at several places.
Medicinal Uses :-Greater Galangal is the dried rhizome of this plant. It is useful in rheumatisms, respiratory complaints, specially of children, and in bronchial catarrh. The drugs is also considered useful in stomach complaints and as a tonic, deodorant and disinfectant.It is a stimulant aromatic like ginger.

Other Species
:-Another important species of the genus Alpinia is a .offcinarum hance(lesser galangal); it is native of china. The rhizomes obtained from the Chinese species have stronger odour and taste. The plant is extensively cultivated in Bengal and northern India

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