Hornstedtia pininga (PROSEA)

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Hornstedtia pininga (Blume) Valeton

Family: Zingiberaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: pining ranjang (Java).


Indonesia (Java, Sumatra), Malaysia (Sarawak).


Seed clusters are eaten raw or candied.


  • Perennial herb, up to 3 m tall, with aerial rhizome supported by stilt roots of 30-200 cm length, sometimes climbing up trees.
  • Leaves lanceolate, 44-75 cm × 6.5-14 cm.
  • Fruit berry-like, compressed-ellipsoid, white.

In forests at 700-1500 m altitude. Very variable species, several varieties are distinguished.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Smith, R.M., 1985-1986. A review of Bornean Zingiberaceae 1 & 2. Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 42: 261-314, 43: 439-466.
  • Valeton, Th., 1921. Hornstedtia Retz. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série 3, Vol. 3: 150-179.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen