The gingers are an important part of the tropical flora, are appreciated and used worldwide, whether as ornamentals, spices or in medicinal preparations. The large and diverse family of gingers is especially significant to the Malesian area. Topics include plant structure, pollination and seed dispersal. More than 115 colour photographs and several colour drawings. 175 species, subspecies and varieties are listed. Very detailed book - a must for anyone interested in these fasinating plants.