Vivipary in Kaempferia parviflora Wall. Ex-Baker: discovery and utilization

Vivipary in Kaempferia parviflora Wall. Ex-Baker: discovery and utilization


  • Akoijam Ranjita Devi Assistant Professor (Horticulture) SRM College of Agricultural Sciences SRM Institute of Science and Technology Baburayanpettai-603 201 Chengalpettu (Dist.) Tamil Nadu (INDIA) Mobile No. 8974459257
  • N. Mini Raj Professor, Department of Plantation Crops and Spices, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, KAU P.O. 680656, Thrissur, Kerala
  • J.S Minimol Professor, Cocoa Research Station, Kerala Agricultural University, KAU P.O. 680656, Thrissur, Kerala, India


Vivipary, Kaempferia parviflora, recalcitrance, plant multiplication


Kaempferia parviflora, popularly known as Black ginger, belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. Its rhizomes are widely used as an aphrodisiac, apart from other uses. This experiment carried out at Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India, reports for the first time the phenomenon of vivipary in K. parviflora. Growth and development of viviparous seedlings after transplanting showed positive results, and rhizome formation was noticed in one season. In the first season, mini rhizomes were used as seed for raising fresh crop and its growth was compared with normal rhizome grown plants. Even though the rhizome yield of the viviparous plants was 30 per cent lower than normal plants, vivipary can be an alternate option for the natural regeneration/propagation of this valuable medicinal plant.

Author Biography

Akoijam Ranjita Devi, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) SRM College of Agricultural Sciences SRM Institute of Science and Technology Baburayanpettai-603 201 Chengalpettu (Dist.) Tamil Nadu (INDIA) Mobile No. 8974459257

Assistant Professor (Horticulture), SRM College of Agricultural Sciences, SRMIST, Tamil Nadu


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How to Cite

Devi, A. R., Raj, N. M., & Minimol, J. (2023). Vivipary in Kaempferia parviflora Wall. Ex-Baker: discovery and utilization. Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 60(2). Retrieved from




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