The flowers of Vietnamese ginger plant Geostachys annamensis, which has recently been found in the central province of Khanh Hoa / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS
Geostachys annamensis, a flowering ginger plant species native to Vietnam, is more widely distributed than believed until now, a VnExpress report said Monday.
Known as Dai sa Trung bo in Vietnamese, the plant has been recently discovered in the central province of Khanh Hoa, Truong Ba Vuong with the Institute of Tropical Biology told the online newspaper.
Since it was discovered in 1981, the plant has been found in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong only.
Vuong said scientists expected to find the plant in Ninh Thuan Province, also in the central region, in the future.
According to Vuong, the institute's scientists discovered the plant's flowers during their field trip to Hon Ba Nature Reserve in April, adding that they were distributed in foggy and chilly areas that were more than 1,000 meters above sea level.
The scientists then sent the flowers' samples to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where Dr. Jana Skornickova, an expert in Asian gingers, concluded that they belong to Geostachys annamensis.
In 2010, the institute's scientists and their counterparts from the Prague Botanic Garden discovered a ginger plant, also in Hon Ba, and identified it as belonging to the Geostachys family.
But, they could not make any conclusion on which species it belonged to because there were no flowers, the VnExpress report said.
The wild ginger plant was first discovered by English botanist Henry Nicholas Ridley and English zoologist Cecil Boden Kloss during their trip to Lang Biang Highlands in the resort town of Da Lat, Lam Dong Province, in 1981.
It was later named by Ridley, who was then with the botanic department under the British Museum.
As of 1980, when it was last collected by scientists, the plant had 10 samples kept in Hanoi, England, and Paris, with all of them collected in Lam Dong.
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