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Description for Hedychium spicatum
Spiked Ginger Lily is a smallish hardy ginger, growing to around 1-1.5 m, with leafy stems. Flowers are fragrant, white with an orange-red base, appearing in a dense spike, 15-25 cm, at the top of the stem. Seeds are black with a red aril. Flowering occurs in August and fruits ripen in October.
A perfume Abeer is obtained from the rootstock. Rhizomes have a strong aromatic odor and bitter camphoraceous taste. The bark is rough, reddish-brown with few deep-seated fibrous rootlets. They are white, starchy, and fragrant within.
It has insect repellent properties, and is also used as a dye and perfume for making abir powder used in Holi. Spiked Ginger Lily is found from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 1800-2800 m.
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