Etlingera elatior

Syn. Alpinia elatior, Nicolaia elatior, Alpinia magnifica, Phaeomeria magnifica, Nicolaia magnifica, Elettaria speciosa, Amomum magnificum

 

Torch ginger

 

Wonderful Tropical flower

                                                                               

 

Rose de porcelaine, wòz poslèn, torch ginger, philippine waxflower, flor de cera, gingembre tropical, fleur de cire, kantan, wax flower, porcelain flower, …

 

Family

 

ZINGIBERACEAE

 

Origin

 

Indonesia

 

Description

 

Large tropical ginger with a bright pink or red inflorescence. Seedlings may be variable in color. Purchase plants propagated by division or rhizomes if you want to be sure of the exact color. 

Spectacular when blooming.

 

Habitat

 

Tropical rainforest (altitude 0-800m)

 

Propagation

Seeds or rhizom

 

Culture and care

 

This Ginger can grow even in shade than in full sun but is not tolerant of freezing temperatures. 40°F is the lowest temperature. He likes water.

In rich soil plants will be huge. 

Put the plant inside or in a veranda during winter, in a jar.

 

Uses

 

 

- Ornemental use

 

 

Very nice indoor plant. Can be planted as a single plant or in a edge. Cultivated for tropical cut flowers.

 

- Alimentary use

 

 

Beverages, syrup, marmelade, raw flowers, punch, roots are edibles. 

 

Etymology

 

 

The name Etlingera comes from the German botanist Andreas Ernst Etlinger and elatior means «higher» in Latin.

 

Anecdotes

 

Andreas Ernst Etlinger wrote «De salvia dissertatio inaugularis», published in 1777. This book can be consulted online at the BSB.

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