|The Zingiberales consist of
eight plant families, most of which are of horticultural interest. These
families and their horticultural significance will be highlighted below.
The eight plant families in the
Zingiberales are the Musaceae (the bananas), Strelitziaceae
(the birds-of-paradise), Lowiaceae, Heliconiaceae (the heliconias),
Zingiberaceae (the gingers), Costaceae (costus), Cannaceae (the cannas),
and Marantaceae (the prayer plants).
There are some conspicuous
characteristics by which many of the plants in this order can be
recognized, some of these are shown below: