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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Boesenbergia
Species: B. rotunda
Binomial name
Boesenbergia rotunda
(L.) Mansf. A.

Fingerroot (Boesenbergia rotunda), also known as Chinese ginger, is a medicinal and culinary herb from China and Southeast Asia. In English, the root has traditionally been called Fingerroot, because the shape of the rhizome resembles that of fingers growing out of a center piece.


In Thai cooking it is called krachai (Thai: กระชาย). In the west it is usually found pickled or frozen. It is sometimes confused with Lesser galangal (Alpinia officinarum), which is also in the family Zingiberaceae. In [Manipuri], it is called Yai-macha and is the root is used in the treatment of tonsilitis and gastric troubles. Root powder is used in case of dysentery.


Synonyms include Boesenbergia pandurata and Kaempferia pandurata.

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Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales
Familia: Zingiberaceae
Subfamilia: Zingiberoideae Tribus: Zingibereae Genus: Boesenbergia Species: Boesenbergia rotunda


Boesenbergia rotunda (L.) Mansf.


  • Kulturpflanze 6:239. 1958

Vernacular names


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