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Zingiberaceae Alpinia officiarum Hance, Langras galaga (L.) Stantz.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These two species, respectively known as lesser and greater galangal are tropical perennials, cultivated mainly for the underground rhizomes. The plants and rhizomes are similar to ginger. The tuberous rhizomes are the spice used in making vinegar and beer and in liquors, especially in Russia. The spice is also used in curries.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch