Cornukaempferia J. Mood & K. Larsen
Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc., 45(2): 217 (1997)
Type: C. aurantiflora J. Mood & K. Larsen
An acaulescent herb. Leaves few, distichous. Inflorescence terminal, developing acroscopically; bracts spirally arranged, supporting one flower each; bracteoles absent. Calyx tubular, 3-dentate; corolla tube short, lobes subequal, the dorsal one larger; lateral staminodes conspicuous, free; labellum broad, undivided; stamen with short filament, anther with connective produced into a long, narrow, curved crest, no basal spurs. Ovary 3-loculed with 2 apical epigynous glands. Fruit unknown. The genus is monotypic. (From Mood and Larsen, Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc., 45(2): p. 217 (1997))
Found in Thailand.
Comprises two species. Cornukaempferia deviates from Kaempferia in the entire labellum and from Boesenbergia in the large, narrow, curved anther crest and the acropetal floral development. (Mood & Larsen)
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C. aurantiflora is popular as an ornamental plant and is in cultivation in Thailand, the USA and Australia.
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