Alpinia caerulea - Native Ginger
Family: Zingiberaceae

This is the hardiest, most common and most widespread of the Australian gingers.
Its open untidy clumps of 1-2m long canes can be found in most wetter rainforest types or in damp gullies in eaucalypt forest.
The blue brittle fruits contain red angular seeds surrounded by a stringy pleasant tasting white flesh and usually remain on the plant for months.
The gingery tips of the rhizomes are also edible and the broad leaves can be used to wrap food for cooking.

The seeds easily germinate but should not be sown too thickly.
The rhizomes can be divided.

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