Zingiberales (Gingers and Bananas)
Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
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How to Cite
Prince, L. M. and Kress, W. J. 2002. Zingiberales (Gingers and Bananas). eLS.
- Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
The Zingiberales is a group of plants including gingers, bananas, heliconias and prayer plants. This group is made up of eight families distributed in tropical areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the South Pacific. Members are generally herbaceous, play an important ecological role in their native habitats, and are a source of foods, spices, medicines and ornamentals.