Etlingera elatior

COMMON NAME

Torch ginger

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Zingiberaceae

NOTES

A tropical rhizomatous perennial of the ginger family that grows to 12-15’ tall in tropical climates but much shorter in cooler climates. Naked flower stalks rise directly from the rhizomes to 3’ tall, each stalk being topped by a large cone-shaped inflorescence containing tiny yellow flowers over tiny fertile bracts, both of which are somewhat hidden inside of and subtended by large, drooping, showy petal-like red bracts. Flower buds are edible.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Malayasia and Indonesia

NATIVE HABITAT

Not known in the wild but widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Etlingera elatior