Recollection and Taxonomic Placement of Alpinia apoensis (Zingiberaceae; Alpinioideae): An Imperfectly Known Philippine Endemic Species


  • Mark Arcebal Kling Naive Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Andres Bonifacio Ave, Iligan City, 9200 Lanao del Norte, Philippines.
  • Jade Ann Grace Dalisay College of Teacher Education, Biological Science Department, University of Antique, Tibiao Campus, 5707 Antique, Philippines.
  • Porferio Bangcaya College of Teacher Education, Biological Science Department, University of Antique, Tibiao Campus, 5707 Antique, Philippines. University of Antique, Libertad Campus, 5711 Antique, Philippines.
  • Grecebio Jonathan Duran Alejandro Research Centre for the Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, España Boulevard, 1015 Manila, Philippines.



Alpinieae, sect. Alpinia, Antique, endemic, subsect. Presleia, Zingiberaceae


A recent exploration on the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park of Bukidnon and Mt. Madjaas of Antique resulted in the recollection of Alpinia apoensis. It is an endemic Zingiberaceae species of uncertain identity that was first collected and described by Elmer over 90 years ago. As there is no comprehensive revision of the family Zingiberaceae in the Philippines, it is meanwhile important to clarify its taxonomic identity. This study contributes a comprehensive description of the species leading to the determination of its sectional and subsectional placements. Information on its geographical distribution, phenology, ecology, and coloured photographs are also provided.


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