In the last three years or so, many new Kaempferia spp have FINALLY been published. There are still several waiting their turn like this one. Originally I was calling it Red Knight because a very similar introduction had the same name. However, they have VERY different flowers and are definitely not the same species. Both are new and unpublished, and amazing come from the same small area in Thailand. This one has K. rotunda like blooms, and the Red Knight one has pure white flowers (different shape and size etc.). I have a couple with almost all red leaves and hope to get some solids next year after selfing them.
Hi Tim, I have this Kaempferia as well and agree it looks like Red Knight except for the flower. The standard color is very pretty but the ones with 50% or more red on the leaves are real knock outs. The GMR publication by Techaprasan using DNA sequencing on 25 different Thai species doesnt shed any help on its ID. Thanks for posting the picture.
The article is useful in that it finally proves K elegans and K pulchra are not the same species, something that is obvious to many of us but not to some taxonomists. It also proved K galanga is really just a form if K marginata, something a different taxinomist had been saying for a few years.
There are several spp there not included in the study, both recently published ones and new ones that were known to at least one of the authors. At least there are proposed names for some cultivated ones now. I just wish they'd have published them already. K sp nov pardi had another proposed name many years ago but still hasn't published. At least this time it's semi official.
The spring blooming species are poorly known and if addressed at all are usually just thought to be K rotunda. Don't be surprised to see numerous new species of spring bloomers pubplisged in future years.
Here is a redder version of the same K. sp. I'm going to post a flower as well. Hopefully we can produce this more intense color thru breeding. It's a favorite of mine. This is in one of our grow beds.