It is considered that the Zingiberales together with the Commelinales evolved around 80 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous.
Families in the order Zingerberales of plants
- The Marantaceae or arrowroot family is a family of flowering plants known for its large starchy rhizomes.
- Costaceae or the Costus Family is a family of pantropical monocots.
- Heliconia, derived from the Greek word helikonios, is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia.
- Zingiberaceae, or the Ginger family, is a family of flowering plants consisting of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes, comprising ca.
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