Renealmia L. f.
Suppi. Pl. Syst. Veg.: 7 (1782), nom. cons.; Maas, Fl. Neotrop. 18 (1977); Lock in Fl. Trop. East Africa, Zingiberac.: 10-14 (1985).
Herbs with well-developed rhizomes and pseudostems. Inflorescence usually lax, sometimes branched, terminal on a separate leafless shoot, erect or prostrate, or rarely terminal on a leafy shoot; bracts subtending 1-several-flowered cincinni; bracteoles tubular; flowers white to yellow; calyx tubular to turbinate, 3-dentate; corolla tube somewhat longer than the calyx, about as long to twice as long as the labellum; lateral staminodes small, toothlike; labellum erect or spreading, 3-lobed, longer than the petals; filament short, anther without crest; ovary 3-locular. Capsule globose to ellipsoid, ± fleshy, dehiscent from base to apex; seeds with often orange aril. 2n 22 or 44. (From Kubitzki, et al., p. 490)
Locations for Renealmia are mostly neotropical (Mexico, Caribbean, tropical S America), with about 20 species found in Africa.
Comprises about 75 species.
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