Alpinia japonica is an evergreen perennial herb
inhabiting regions of mild climates. The leaves measure
40-60cm in length, 5-8cn in width, in the shape of a broad-lanceolate,
and not glossy, with velvety vellum hairs on the upper and
lower surfaces. Racemes, 10-15cm in length, are erect,
emerging from the tips of pseudostems; labellums are white
with red stripes. Capsules, about 1.5cm long, are
broad-oblong and mature red. Bloom time: May-June.