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Zingiberales (Gingers and Bananas)

  1. Linda M Prince,
  2. W John Kress

Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003710



How to Cite

Prince, L. M. and Kress, W. J. 2002. Zingiberales (Gingers and Bananas). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

Publication History

  1. 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.


  • spice;
  • fruit;
  • medicinal;
  • taxonomy;
  • tropical