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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9169123

pretty sure the first one is but not sure about the 2nd one(3rd & 4th pic). Is the first time I have seen it bloom. Thought it was curcuma that I received it as.

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

July 6, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9195675

can anyone tell me what the 2nd plant is???? 3rd & 4th pics
TejasTropicals
Cleveland, TX

July 7, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9196956

The first pictures are of Zingiber collinsi and the 3-4th are of Curcuma oligantha, a not very common ginger.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9197026

Thanks Tejas. wow got luckie on the curcuma. Yes correct on the Zingiber. I knew I had that but was looking at pic on the web and someone had it named that. My geese helped themselves to all my plant tags in the yard
TimChapman
Saint Gabriel, LA

July 29, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9222780

The Curcuma doesnt really look like either subspecies of Curcuma oligantha. There are several others with similar blooming habits though. One possibility is the EXTREMELY variable C ecomata which comes in numerous color combinations. The dark orange on the lip is unique. The flowers don't seem fully opened on the photo, a closeup of an individual flower would help.

Tim Chapman
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9248797

Tim it is blooming again so here are some close ups. I see ants going in and out. Getting nectar??

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TimChapman
Saint Gabriel, LA

August 22, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #9250232

Donna,

The flowers closely resemble Curcuma rhomba. The coloring is a little different then the one I've seen, but there is usually a good bit of diversity within wild curcuma spp. Will double check some other photos.

Tim Chapman

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