From Plant Press, Vol. 21, No. 3, July 2018.
At the 2018 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Plants in the Past: Fossils and the Future,” fossilized Zingiberales was among the many plant groups discussed. As part of the Zingiberales program at the Smithsonian spearheaded by Curator John Kress and colleagues, Alice Tangerini was sent to the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum in Hawaii in July 1997 to make preliminary drawings from living specimens of plants in the Zingiberales, including Alpinia modesta. It was a summer of sporadic rains so drawing in the Arboretum always meant bringing a large plastic tarp to throw over her work when a shower came. The floral details were illustrated at the education building in the evenings. Tangerini made additional sketches from specimens at the Smithsonian Botany Greenhouses the following summer.