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Zingiber spectabile (Beehive ginger)


Zingiber spectabile, also known as the golden beehive, is a plant that makes honor to its name "spectabile" which means admirable, splendid, marvelous. It is also one of the most beautiful plants you may ever find in nature, especially if you live near to South-east Asia, where it's commonly found. 

The plant exhibits its yellow and white leaves, and its oblong flower, forming a kind of beehive shaped flower, from where it gets its common name Beehive ginger.

The major compound found in Zingiber spectabile, Zerumbone, was found to be the most active in cell growth inhibitory assay against Colon carcinoma SW480 cells [1]. Image: See credits below [2].


Family: Zingiberaceae

Common name: Beehive ginger, Ginger wort, Malaysian ginger.



[1] First isolation of sesquiterpenes and flavonoids from Zingiber spectabile and identification of zerumbone as the major cell growth inhibitory component. Sadhu SK, Khatun A, Ohtsuki T, Ishibashi M. Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8522, Japan.
[2] Pixabay image under Public Domain License CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).