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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Torch Ginger (Etlingera Elatior)

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The torch ginger is an indispensable plant for an ornamental tropical-themed garden or a herb and spice garden. The plant itself makes a great garden landscape plant, its flowers have immense ornamental value and its young flowering shoots are an important spice. Various parts of the torch ginger plant also have folk medicinal uses. It even has a place in an eco-garden especially as its flowers can attract sunbirds.


Origin:
Torch ginger is believed to be a native to Sulawesi (Celebes) and Jawa, Indonesia (Java).

Background:
The torch ginger is a member of the true ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It has been formerly classified in various other true ginger genera including Alpinia, Phaeomoria and Nicolaia. The genus name Etlingera is named after the German botanist Andreas Ernst Etlinger while the specific name elatior, in Latin, has the meaning of “taller”.

Variant Names:
Torch Ginger is commonly known as Ginger Flower, Red Ginger Lily, Torch Lily, Wild Ginger, Combrang, Bunga Siantan, Philippine Wax Flower, Xiang Bao Jiaing, Indonesian Tall Ginger, Boca de Dragón, Rose de Porcelaine, or Porcelain Rose. Botanical synonyms include Etlingera elatior , Nicolaia elatior, Nicolaia speciosa, Phaeomeria speciosa, Alpinia elatior, and Alpinia magnifica.
Source: en.wikipedia.org, www.greenculturesg.com
Photograph taken at Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Cher

10 comments:

  1. this flower is dedicated to MJ who always looks fabulous in red! stay pretty in red, girlash! can't wait for Tiny's birthday! please take the best of care in the world. we are continuously praying for your safe delivery...

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  2. i will be back for more... hopefully! hehehe! calling betchai! post ka na ng awesome flower pics mo!!!

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  3. Cher, this Torch Ginger looks so sturdy. You have captured its essence! I can almost touch its velvety petals. You did a good job in capturing this subject, Cher! Kudos to you, girl!

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  4. Cher, what a great job, the red is so stunning, its brilliance is so inspiring. I feel like I want to really be close to it. Likes Tes, you captured the essence very well. And not only that, very well researched post. Thanks for sharing Cher.

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  5. oh! look at the color!it so vivid, feels like i am actually where it was and watching it with my very own eyes!

    brilliant cher! brilliant work indeed!

    keep it coming!! fill this space with fragrance, elegance and refine beauty of every blossoms there is....

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  6. big thanks, everyone! you are all so eloquent in expressing your appreciation in my little work... you are all my inspiration in giving my best! :)

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  7. cher, girlash!

    your flower speaks more than words can ever say....isn't that why flowers exist,aside from making the world a lovelier place is to convey feelings to elusive words...

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  8. cher, i'm so flattered you dedicated this red beauty to me:) red is my favorite color, so this makes it even more special! the torch ginger is indeed a lovely flower ... and, wow, it is a spice, too, as well as a medicinal plant! thank you for sharing this valuable info with us. and i truly appreciate your kind words, wishes and prayers on the eve of tiny's birth:) love and hugs to you, dear cher!!

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  9. hullo kimchai! nakikita kita sa chat board. andito ako! hanapin mo kung sang kwarto sis hehehe! lagot kayo magbabasag ako sa bahay kubo hahaha!
    asus! kaya naman pala si kyla ay super galing na kodaker mana kay kiray! kala ko kinidnap lang kay kimchai! ganda ng mga plawers.. like us!
    choi here pachek atendans present!

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  10. hahaha, oo nga Choi, habol ako nang habol sa yo, nandun ka kanina sa veranda, ngayon nandti ka naman at nag-e-enjoy sa magandang bulaklak.

    totoo ka Choi, kaya magaling si Kyla kasi ang mother dear eh super galing din, training ba.

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