Hedychium coronarium: Butterfly ginger

Hedychium coronarium also known as White ginger lily, Butterfly ginger, is originally from the Himalayas region of Nepal and India. Butterfly ginger, also called garland flower, has been widely cultivated in tropical Asia for the flowers that give off a prominent sweet fragrance.

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Hedychium coronarium coronarium, the national flower of Cuba.
Singapore Botanic Gardens 20120313

As one of the names suggests, the shape of the flowers of this ginger resembles that of a butterfly with its wings spread open.

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Hedychium coronarium chrysoleucum
Singapore Botanic Gardens 20120313

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For me, the aroma of white ginger lei is a powerful reminder of Hawaii and my Hawaiian friends.
Photo: Internet.

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