Alpinia purpurata

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Subfamily: Alpinioideae
Tribe: Alpinieae
Genus: Alpinia
Species: A. purpurata

Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata), also called Ostrich Plume and Pink Cone Ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored red bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top.

Its two varieties are called Jungle King and Jungle Queen. Red Ginger grows in HawaiiPuerto Rico, and many Central American nations, including Belize. It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called “teuila.”

Red ginger can also be grown in South Florida since, in general, the region does not fall below freezing temperatures. It prefers partial shade and moist humid conditions, although it can tolerate full sun in some climates. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry out.

Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements. Ginger tends to spread.

Common Name:Red Ginger, Lengkuas, Alpinia, Tepus

Origin:South Pacific Islands

Leaf Colour:Green

Flower Colour:Red

Plant Description: Leaf Area Index (LAI): 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover – Monocot)

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpinia_purpurata

http://floraweb.nparks.gov.sg/search/viewDetail.action?pgId=12423973155391536&key=0

 

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