Vol. 77 No. 2 (2022)

Wurfbainia rubrofasciata (Zingiberaceae), a new species from Palawan, Philippines: A new species of Wurfbainia from the Philippines

Rudolph Valentino A. Docot
Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Art and Sciences, Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street, Sampaloc 1015 Manila
Carl Bryan M. Domingo
The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
Cecilia B. Moran
The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
Lea M. Camangeg
College of Sciences, Palawan State University, Tiniguiban Heights, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300
Axel Dalberg Poulsen
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Scotland
Published December 15, 2022
  • Amomum s.l.,
  • endemic,
  • endangered,
  • taxonomy,
  • Wurfbainia
How to Cite
Docot, R. V. A., Domingo, C. B. M., Moran, C. B., Camangeg, L. M., & Poulsen, A. D. (2022). Wurfbainia rubrofasciata (Zingiberaceae), a new species from Palawan, Philippines. Webbia, 77(2), 277-283. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-13461


A ginger species collected in Palawan, Philippines was initially thought to be Wurfbainia palawanensis but differs by the dark brown fertile bracts and red spinose fruits. This species is also morphologically similar to the continental Asian Wurfbainia microcarpa but can be distinguished from this by the entire ligule, petiolate lamina, congested rachis, and presence of red stripes at the base of the labellum. Therefore, we here describe Wurfbainia rubrofasciata providing colour plates, data on phenology, distribution, habitat, and a provisional conservation assessment. A key to five species of Wurfbainia in the Philippines is provided and we discuss the likely closest relatives of Wurfbainia palawanensis.


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