Family: Zingiberaceae

Tribal Name: Khetranga (Chakma ); Kettyranga (Tanchunga); Padagrah (Marma).

Description of the Plant:

A rhizomatous herb with 90-120 cm high slender leafy stem. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 15-30 cm long, glabrous beneath. Panicle 15-23 cm long, narrow; flowers small, corolla-segments oblong, greenish, lip orbicular, yellowish with red lines and dots, with two small teeth at the base. Fruits, globose, size of a pea.

Actions and Uses:

In Ghagra area of Rangamati district, tribal use rhizomes for gastric pain, in the form of pills. In Marisha of Khagrachari district they prescribe rhizome in the form of pest, or piece of rhizome chewed with little salt. Rhizomes are also used as an aphrodisiac and in female diseases by the Chakma tribe in Khagrachari district. In Rajsthali of Rangamati district rhizome juice is prescribed in diarrhoea and dysentery.

alpinia conchigera

Chemical Constituents:

Fresh rhizome contains 1.1% and fresh leaf contains 0.21% essential oil (Yusuf, 1999).


Forests of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.