Two new ginger species were discovered in Quang NgaiUpdate: 9/1/2020
Newmania serpens NS Ly & Skornick and N. orthostachys NS Ly & Skornick are the names of two ginger species by scientists from the Institute of Tropical Biology in Vietnam, Norwegian Museum of Natural History, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Museum British Natural History discovered under the semi-evergreen forest of the dipterocarp tree in Nghia Hanh District, Quang Ngai Province.
These species belong to Newmania N. S. Ly & Skornick. Their common feature is the relatively weak trunk, purple flowers, which grow from the ground roots. The Newmania serpens are small, with a maximum height of up to 100 cm, usually carrying 10-15 leaves, thin leaflets, narrow ellipses, very clear veins, thin flowers, weak, On the ground, purple lips with bright red streaks and white stripes on the bottom and middle of the blade.
In contrast, the species Newmania orthostachys have stronger body, height 60-80 cm, bearing 5-8 leaves, thick leaf blade, reverse elliptic, vein hard to see, blooming tight and straight, color lips Purple with white stripes at the bottom and between lips.
The findings of the expert group are published in the Journal of Taxonomy published by the International Classification Society. Ginger is a perennial herb with crossed roots or tubers, comprising 47 genera and about 1,000 species. In ancient times people used ginger to make bonsai, spices and herbs. Turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, and saffron are the most important members of the Ginger family.