Alpinia zerumbet – Shell Ginger

Other notes

Note: This plant has been reported as larval host for Udaspes folus – Grass Demon and Jamides alecto – Metallic Cerulean from Taiwan (HOSTS, 2023). It might be used in India, too, but this needs confirmation.



HOSTS (2023) - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Accessed on 13 Jan 2023. URL:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 15 Jan 2023. URL:

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 15 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Sarkar, B. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B.L.Burtt & R.M.Sm. – Shell Ginger. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/06/24.