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Lesser galangal or Alpinia officinarum (synonym Languas officinarum) is a plant in the ginger family. The rhizome was widely used in ancient and medieval Europe. The rhizome is smaller than greater galangal. The skin and the flesh are reddish brown whereas greater galangal has light yellow or white flesh. It was preferred to greater galangal because of its stronger, more sweetish taste. Its use has dramatically declined, however, and it is now only found in the cuisine of South Eastern Asia. Subdivisions Subfamily Siphonochiloideae  Tribe Siphonochileae   Siphonochilus Subfamily Tamijioideae  Tribe Tamijieae   Tamijia Subfamily Alpinioideae  Tribe Alpinieae   Aframomum   Alpinia - galangal   Amomum   Aulotandra   Cyphostigma   Elettaria - cardamom  Elettariopsis   Etlingera   Geocharis   Geostachys   Hornstedtia   Leptosolena   Paramomum   Plagiostachys   Renealmia   Siliquamomum (Incertae Sedis)   Vanoverberghia  Tribe Riedelieae   Burbidgea   Pleuranthodium   Riedelia   Siamanthus Subfamily Zingiberoideae  Tribe Zingibereae   Boesenbergia   Camptandra   Caulokaempferia (Incertae... Binomial name Alpinia galanga (L.) Willd. ...

The word lesser galangal properly refers to Alpinia officinarum. In common usage, however, it is also applied to Kaempferia galanga, also called Sand ginger, Aromatic Ginger or Resurrection lily. Kaempferia galanga, which is grown for medicine and as a spice, is an almost stemless plant that develops its few short-lived leaves and the flower at ground level, whereas the stem of A. officinarum is two to four feet high. Binomial name (Linn. ...

Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)
Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)

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Lesser galangal is native to China, growing mainly on the southeast coast.
Galangal was known to the ancient Indians, and has been in the West since the Middle Ages.
Galangal is widely cultivated in South East Asia in a similar manner to ginger.
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