Wax Ginger, Indonesian Wax Ginger
Indonesian wax ginger is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia. It is not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Plants are up to 8' (2.4 m) tall, with branched, bamboo-like stems. Leaves are oval shaped, 8-15" (20-38 cm) × 2-4" (5-10 cm), with smooth edges and pointed ends. They are medium green and glossy, hairless on top, fuzzy or hairless below, and arranged in a spiral pattern around the stems. Brilliant red pineapple-shaped flowerheads are composed of bracts (specialized leaves). The true flowers are small and orange-yellow in color, poking their relatively inconspicuous “heads” out between the red bracts like suspicious turtles.
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Tapeinochilos ananassae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.