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Family Zingiberaceae
Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig

Jing hua

Scientific names Common names
Amomum filiforme Hunter ex. Ridl. Banai (Bis.)
Gandasulium coronarium (J. Koenig) Kuntze Donsuli (Buk.) 
Gandasulium lingulatum (Hassk) Kuntze Kamia (Tag., Bik., Sp., C. Bis.)
Hedychium chrysoleucumHook. Katkatan (Bis.)
Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig Katotant (Bis.)
Hedychium gndasulium Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. Gandasuli (Moro)
Hedychium lingulatum Hassk Butterfly ginger (Engl.)
Hedychium maximum Roscoe Ginger lily (Engl.)
Hedychium prophetae Buch.-Ham. ex Wall. White butterfly (Engl.)
. White ginger lily (Engl.)
  Jing hua (Chin.)
Hedychium coronarium J.Koenig is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
BENGALI: Dolon champa.
CUBA: Flor de mariposa.
FIJI: Cevuga vula.
HAWAIIAN: Awapuhi ke'oke'o.
HINDI: Dolan champa.
INDONESIA: Gondasuli, Gandasoli, Mandasuli.
MALAYSIA: Gandasuli, Suli.
KANNADA: Suruli sugandhi.
MARATHI: Sonataka.
NEPALESE: Dudh kevara.
THAI: Hanghong, Mahaahong, Tha haan, Hun kaeo.
SAMOA: Teuila paepae.
VIETNAM: B[aj]ch di[eej]p, Na[ar]i ti[ee]n.

Kamia is an erect shrub with a stout rootstock, growing 0.5 to 1.5 meters high. Leaves are smooth or the lower surfaces moderately hairy, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 10 to 50 centimeters long, 3 to 11 centimeters wide, with slender pointed tip. Ligule is prominent, 1 to 3 centimeters long. Ellipsoid spike is at the top of the stem, 5 to 12 centimeters long. Bracts are green, ovate to obovate, about 4 centimeters long, and each with 2 or 3 very fragrant flowers, with a fragrance that is more pronounced in the evening. Calyx is tubular, clefted on one side, and about 4 centimeters long; lobes are narrow, involute, and about 4 centimeters long. Lip is obcordate or obovate, 5 to 6 centimeters in diameter, white and pale yellow in the center. Staminodes are white, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, narrowed at the base, 4 to 5 centimeters long and 2 to 2.5 centimeters wide. Capsule is oblong, smooth, many seeded, with orange-yellow valves inside. Aril is red.

- Cultivated for ornamental use.
- In some regions of the southern Philippines, naturalized.

- Prehistoric introduction in Mindanao; recent in Luzon.
- Native of India, now pantropic in distribution.

- Dried rhizome contains: starch, 3 %; glucose, 4.58 %; albumen, 1.65 %; fats, 0.33%; resinous acid, 3.6%; resinous acid, 3.66%; resin, 5.93 %; extractive matter, 0.91%; essential oil; gum, 13.75 %; organic acids, 5.5%; cellulose, 29.68%.
- The flower yields a fragrant essential oil; the rhizome, a volatile oil.
- Study on rhizomes yielded coronarin -D, coronarin -D ethyl ether, coronarin -E, and a new diterpene identified as (+)-14β-hydroxylabda-8(17),12-dieno-16,15-lactone, assigned the trivial name of isocoronarin-D.
- Several labdane-type diterpenes--coronarin A, B, C, D, E, and F have been isolated from the rhizome.
- Water extract of H. coronarium yielded
carbohydrates, proteins, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, tannins, steroids and terpenoids, saponin, cardiac glycosides, and oil. (see study below) (15)
- Study of leaf and rhizome essential oils yielded β-Pinene (33.9%), α-pinene (14.7%), 1,8-cineole (13.3%), r-elemene (11.0%) and carotol (9.1%) as main components in the leaf oil, including 82.0% terpenoid compounds; and 1,8-cineole (37.3%), β-pinene (23.0%), α-terpineol (10.4%) and α-pinene (9.9%), comprising 80.6% as major constituents of the rhizome oil. (see study below)
- Rhizomes yielded carbohydrates, flavonoids, saponins, steroids, and alkaloids. (see study below)

- Decoction of the rhizome is anti-rheumatic, tonic and excitant.
- In Ayurveda, considered febrifuge, tonic, stimulant and antirheumatic.
- Studies have shown antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antinociceptive and cytotoxic properties.

Parts utilized
Rhizome, stems, seeds, leaves.

Young buds and flowers are edible. Used as flavoring.
Roots used as famine food.
- Decoction of stems near the rhizome used as a gargle for tonsillitis; or the raw stem chewed for same purpose.
- In the Moluccas the base of the stem is chewed and the juice applied to swellings.
- In Brazil decoction of rhizome is antirheumatic, tonic and excitant.
- In India, sold in bottles of extract called Gulbakawali Ark; used as eye tonic and for to prevent eye cataracts. Certain tribal groups of Bihar use the rhizome of the plant as febrifuge.
- In Bangladesh plant rhizome used for diabetes.
- In Chinese medicine, used for headache, inflammatory pains, rheumatism.
- In the Moluccas used as antirheumatic, tonic, and excitant.
- In Hawaii juice of mature seeds use as treatment for hair and skin afflictions.
- In Thailand, boiled leaves are applied to relieve stiff and sore joints.
- Fragrant bouquets: In the provinces, the fragrant flowers popular in the making of wreaths and bridal bouquets.
- Wreaths: Stems are 45% cellulose, used in making paper.

• Antifungal / Antimicrobial / Essential Oil:
The essential oil from fresh and dry rhizomes yielded 44 and 38 constituents and was shown to have antifungal and antibacterial effects. Antibacterial effects were higher in the fresh sample than the dried; both showed activity against Trichoderma sp. and C. albicans, B. subtilis and P aeruginosa. (1)
Analgesic / Anti-inflammatory:
Different extracts of HC exhibited significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities. The effects could be due to inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, inhibition of histamine and/or serotonin. (2)
Antibacterial / Cytotoxicity:
Study of methanol and dichlormethane extracts exhibited antibacterial activity against Gram positive (S aureus, B subtilis, B megaterium, Sarcina lutea) and Gram negative (E coli, S sonnei, S shiga, P aeruginosa and S typhi) bacteria. Cytotoxicity was evaluated against brine shrimp nauplii. (4)
Antioxidant / Anti-inflammatory:
Five genus of Zingiberaceae plants from Taiwan, including Hedychium, were studied for their functional properties. Hedychium sp. were found to have antioxidant properties. Most Zingiberaceae plant extracts exhibited antimicrobial activity against all food microorganisms; Hedychium did not show activity against E. coli and Vibrio parahemolyticus.
Flower Essential Oil / Anti-inflammatory:
Study on the oil exhibited significant inhibition of paw edema but showed poor antioxidant activity with DPPH. There was no direct correlation between inflammatory and antioxidant activity of the essential oil. (5)
Phenolics / Antioxidant:
Study showed HC to have the highest phenolic content and ascorbic acid equivalent antioxidant capacity of leaves of 26 ginger species.
Anticancer / Cytotoxic Labdane Diterpenes:
Study of hexane extract isolated two new labdane diterpenes, 1 and 2, along with 10 other known metabolites. Isolates were studied for cytotoxic activity against lung cancer, human neuroblastoma, breast cancer and cervical cancer cell lines. (8)
Labdane-type Diterpenes / Anti-Inflammatory:
Study yielded three new labdane diterpenes 1-3, named coronarins G, H, and I, together with 7 known coronarin D. Compounds 1, 2, and 6 (hedyforrestin C) showed to be potent inhibitors of LPS-stimulated TNF-a, IL-6, and IL-12 p40 productions. (9)
Trypanocidal / Essential Oils:
Study of essential oil of leaves and rhizomes of H. coronarium. Caryophyllene was the major component in rhizomes, which showed a remarkable activity against T. brucei strains, with highly increased trypanocidal activity in synergism with caryophyllene oxide plus pentamidine. (13)
Antiurolithiatic / Roots:
Study evaluated the antiurolithiatic activity of roots of Hedychium coronarium on experimental kidney stones. Alcoholic root extracts showed the highest dissolution of calcium oxalate stones. (14)
Phenolic Contents:
Study evaluated the water extracts of three different species of genus Hedychium i.e., H. spicatum, H. coronarium and H rubrum. Results showed all three contained a good quantity of phenolic compounds. (see constituents above) (15)
Anti-Venom / Essential Oil:
Study evaluated the potential inhibitory effects of H. coronarium essential oil of leaves on the coagulant and fibrinogenolytic activities induced by venoms of Lachesia muta, Bothrops atrox and Bothrops moojeni. Results showed the oils interact with venom proteases and plasma constituents, with inhibition of clotting effect when the oils were previously incubated with venoms. Results showed the essential oil can be used as alternative to complement serum therapy. (16)
Mosquitocidal / Dengue Vector Aedes Aegypti:
Study evaluated the larvicidal activity of 3 different solvent extracts of H. coronarium against dengue vector Aedes aegypti. Results showed the methanol extract of HC to be more effective than other extracts. (17)
Antimicrobial / Mosquitocidal / Antioxidant / Leaf and Rhizome:
Study evaluated the essential oil, methanolic and aqueous extracts of leaves and rhizomes of H. coronarium. Leaf and rhizome oil exhibited significant antimicrobial activity against all five fungal and four bacterial strains tested, attributed to its high terpenoid contents. Both oils showed mosquito larvicidal activity, with β-Pinene, α-pinene and 1,8-cineol as the principal larvicidal components of both oils. Polar extracts showed antioxidant activity. (see constituents above) (18)
Ink Source / Flowers:
Study evaluated if H. coronarium flower extract is a feasible marker ink. Results showed the camias flower extract is a feasible color-changing marker ink for papers. (19)
Hypoglycemic / Rhizome:
Study evaluated the hypoglycemic effect of ethanolic extract of H. coronarium rhizome in alloxan induced diabetes rat model. Results showed significant reduction in blood glucose, serum insulin, serum catalase and haemoglobin in alloxan induced diabetic rats. (21)
Cytotoxicity / Phytochemicals / Rhizome:
Study evaluated a methanolic extract of rhizomes for phytochemicals and cytotoxicity activity by brine shrimp lethality bioassay. Screening yielded carbohydrates, flavonoids, saponins, steroids, and alkaloids. It showed potent cytotoxic activity on brine shrimp lethality assay with an LC50 value of 0.39 µg/ml, compared to LC50 of reference drug vincristine sulfate at 0.52 µg/ml. (22)
Floral Scent / Headspace Volatile Compounds:
Study of headspace volatile compounds of flowers yielded monoterpene hydrocarbons (34.9%), oxygenated monoterpenes (34.4%) and sesquiterpenes hydrocarbons (13.2%). Major components and major contributors to the flower scent were (E)-ß-ocimene (28.7%), linalool (19.3%), and 1,8-cineole (14.5%). (23)
Study evaluated the presence of thiamethoxam from water, soil, and rhizomes and leaves of H. coronarium. Thiamethoxam® (4-[(2-chloror-5-thiazoly)methyl]tetrahydro-5-methyl-N-nitro-4H-1,3,5-oxadiozin-4-imine) belongs to a new class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which act as agonists of the post-synaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Study showed the presence of thiamethoxam in leaves, but not in rhizomes. (24)
Antinociceptive / Rhizomes:
Study in mice evaluated the antinociceptive activity of a methanolic extract of H. coronarium rhizomes. Results showed substantial rise in pain threshold with the tail immersion method and writhing inhibition in acetic-acid induced writhing test. Diclofenac was used as standard. (25)


Cultivated and wildcrafted.

Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update February 2016

Photos © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Seeds / Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig - white garland-lily / Steve Hurst @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Antimicrobial activity and chemical composition of essential oil from Hedychium coronarium / Beena Joy et al / Phytotherapy Research, Volume 21 Issue 5, Pages 439 - 443 /
Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Zingiberaceae Plants in Taiwan / 10.1007/s11130-007-0063-7 / Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
Antibacterial and Cytotoxic Activities of Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig / M Abdul Aziz et al / Research Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, 5(6): 969-972, 2009

Anti-inflammation activity and chemical composition of flower essential oil from Hedychium coronarium / Y Lu, C X Zhong et al / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 8 (20), pp. 5373-5377, 19 October, 2009
Antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibition properties of leaves and rhizomes of ginger species / E W C Chan et al / Food Chemistry 109 (2008) 477–483
(+)-14β-Hydroxylabda-8(17),12-dieno-16,15-lactone [(+)-Isocoronarin-D]: a New Diterpene From Hedychium coronarium (Zingiberaceae) / S Singh, Al Gray, BW Skelton et al / Australian Journal of Chemistry 44 (12) 1789 - 1793 / doi:10.1071/CH9911789
Two new cytotoxic labdane diterpenes from the rhizomes of Hedychium coronarium.
/ Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, ISSN: 1464-3405, Pages: 7544-8
Epimers of labdane diterpenes from the rhizomes of Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig
/ F.N. Taveira; A.B. Oliveira; J.D. Souza Filho; F.C. Braga / Rev. bras. farmacogn. vol.15 no.1 João Pessoa Jan./Mar. / 2005http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-695X2005000100012
Chemical constituents of the rhizomes of Hedychium coronarium and their inhibitory effect on the pro-inflammatory cytokines production LPS-stimulated in bone marrow-derived dendritic cells. / Kiem PV, Thuy NT, Anh Hle T, Nhiem NX, Minh CV, Yen PH, Ban NK, Hang DT, Tai BH, Tuyen NV, Mathema VB, Koh YS, Kim YH. / Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2011 Dec 15;21(24):7460-5. Epub 2011 Oct 14.
Sorting Hedychium names / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / A Work in Progress / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
Hedychium coronarium / Common names / GLOBinMED
Chemical Composition and Trypanocidal Activity of the Essential Oils from Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig (Zingiberaceae) / Danilo Fernando Rodrigues, Angela María Arenas Velásquez, Carlos Cavaleiro, Lígia Salgueiro, Gilmárcio Zimmermann Martins, Nathália Oliveira Magalhães, Maria Bernadete Gonçalves Martins, Regina Maria Barretto Cicarelli, and Raquel Regina Duarte Moreira / ISRN Infectious Diseases, Volume 2013 (2013) / http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/639275
PHYTOCHEMICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF HEDYCHIUM CORONARIUM J. KOENING FOR ANTIUROLITHIATIC ACTIVITY / Yogendr M. Bahuguna and Neeraj Kumar / World Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2014; 2(1): 112-122
Phytochemical Analysis And Determination Of Total Phenolics Content In Water Extracts Of Three Species Of Hedychium / Kh. Lemino Singh1 and G.C. Bag* / International Journal of PharmTech Researchm Vol.5, No.4, pp 1516-1521, Oct-Dec 2013
Preliminary assessment of Hedychium coronarium essential oil on fibrinogenolytic and coagulant activity induced by Bothrops and Lachesis snake venoms / Cíntia A SF Miranda, Maria G Cardoso*, Mariana E Mansanares, Marcos S Gomes and Silvana Marcussi / Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases 2014, 20:39 doi:10.1186/1678-9199-20-39
Mosquitocidal activity of Hedychium coronarium rhizome extract and Copepod Megacyclops formosanus for the control of dengue vector Aedes aegypti / Kandasamy Kalimuthu, Jiang-Shiou Hwang*, Kadarkarai Murugan, Li-Chun Tseng / Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan.
Antimicrobial, Mosquito Larvicidal and Antioxidant Properties of the Leaf and Rhizome of Hedychium coronarium / Jiau-Ching Ho* / Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society, Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 563–567, August 2011 / DOI: 10.1002/jccs.201190021
The Feasibility of hedychium coronarium as a paper marker ink / Lumata, Lloyd L. / DOST
Hedychium coronarium / Synonyms / The Plant List
Hypoglycemic effect of ethanolic extract of Hedychium coronarium linn., rhizome in alloxan induced diabetes
in rat model.
/ * Pranitha K, Shalini K, Pratibha M, Suneha S. / IJRPP |Vol.3 | Issue 3 | July-Sep-2014
Preliminary studies on phytochemicals and cytotoxic activity of methanolic rhizome extract of Hedychium coronarium / Pritesh Ranjan Dash, Zara Sheikh / Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2015; 4(1): 136-139
Floral Scent Composition in Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig Analyzed by SPME
/ JOURNAL OF ESSENTIAL OIL RESEARCH 23(3):64-67, May 2011 / DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2011.9700460
Quantification of Thiamethoxam in Rhizomes and Leaves of the Hedychium coronarium and Water and Soil by High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography / Claudine Gonçalves da Rocha, Francis Henrique Ramos França,
Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso* / American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 3, 242-249 / http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ajac.2012.33032
Antinociceptive activity of methanolic extract of the rhizomes of Hedychium coronarium
/ Poonam Singh and Surendra Raman / Asian Journal of Science and Technology

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