Torch Ginger - Etlingera elatior
The Torch Ginger is a terrestrial and perennial herb belonging to the species Etlingera elatior (Zingiberales - Zingiberaceae), native to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is also widely cultivated and naturalized in South East Asia.
Inflorescences of the Torch Ginger are truly stunning. The large, torch-like, up to 1.5 m tall flower stalks emerge from fleshy underground rhizomes. The inflorescences have waxy, red to pink, white-edged bracts and are pinecone-shaped with a skirt of larger bracts. The individual flowers emerge from between the colorful bracts and have a dark red labellum (lip petal) with a bright yellow margin. The flowers are followed by green to reddish fruit.
Beside its beauty this plant is edible. The showy pink inflorescences are widely used as cooking herb (in the curries), and eaten raw for its medicinal properties to treat earache; while the leaves are also used for cleaning wounds.
A research on the pharmacological potential of the Torch Ginger flowers shown that the methanol extract possesses broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activity (in vitro).
Hoya geek report.
Hoya carnosa was the first I get, since then I look for new species to enlarge my collection. Fascinating plant.
Still life / Bulbine frutescens and Mammillaria karwinskiana
The Rybergia grandiflora, or Alpine Sunflower can be seen growing throughout the treeless Alpine Tundra Ecosystem. This is a great blooming year for these flowers, as it usually takes 15-20 years for the roots to gather enough energy to bloom. Come out and discover the unique ecosystem of the tundra at your Rocky Mountain National Park! - ch
photo taken by Ranger KP
reborn (by flora-file)
This past winter was the coldest in the bay area for 20 years. This plumeria stayed outside on the patio during the duration because it was way too big to come in the house. One of the three branches died, and I was 98% sure the whole thing was a goner. But if nothing else, the garden is always full of surprises.