Zingiber Pseudosquarrosum: Environment for UPSC Exams

Zingiber Pseudosquarrosum: Environment for UPSC Exams

Zingiber Pseudosquarrosum

  • Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as Ginger) from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The species Zingiber pseudosquarrosum, new to science, belonging to genus Zingiber, was already used by the local Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups ( PVTGs) of the Andamans for its medicinal values.
  • The fresh extract of fleshy tuberous roots is used to treat abdominal pain and anti-helminthic troubles by Nicobarese and certain other tribal communities.
  • Like other species of Gingers, this new species is edible and can be propagated vegetatively from the rhizome.
  • Species belonging to genera Zingiber are monocotyledonous flowering plants whose rhizomes are widely used as a spice or a traditional medicine.
  • There are 141 species of genus Zingiber are distributed throughout tropical Asia, including China, Japan and tropical Australia. Of these, 20 are reported from India, which include seven from Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Most of the species of these Gingers are endemic to India.

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