Vol. 77 No. 2 (2022)

The The ginger genus Burbidgea confirmed in the flora of the Philippines

Kean Roe F. Mazo
Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture and Forestry, Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Katipunan Campus, Zamboanga del Norte
Rudolph Valentino A. Docot
Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Art and Sciences, Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Axel Dalberg Poulsen
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Scotland
Published December 15, 2022
  • Borneo endemics,
  • Burbidgea nitida,
  • Huxley’s Line,
  • Zamboanga
How to Cite
Mazo, K. R. F., Docot, R. V. A., & Poulsen, A. D. (2022). The The ginger genus Burbidgea confirmed in the flora of the Philippines. Webbia, 77(2), 321-325. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-13518


The facultative epiphytic ginger genus Burbidgea harbours six species hitherto thought to be endemic in Borneo. Recent fieldwork in Zamboanga region, Mindanao, Philippines, resulted in the collection of a ginger, which we identified as Burbidgea nitida. The species, however, was already collected in Zamboanga region in 1919 but the evidence remained misidentified for a long time as Hedychium. Including the Burbidgea in the flora of the Philippines, increases the number of native ginger genera of the country to 17. Based on the recent collections, a complete description of B. nitida in the Philippines is provided here including illustrations and notes on ecology and a local name. We lectotypify Burbidgea nitida, the type of the genus, and clarify the overlap of native ginger genera and species between Borneo and Philippines.


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