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Pineapple ginger

Tapeinochilos ananassae


The small, tubular, 3-lobed, yellow flowers emerge from between shiny, waxy, red, spirally-arranged, tongue-like, point-tipped floral bracts on 4 to 12 inch (10 to 30 cm) long, cone-shaped inflorescences. The inflorescences arise directly from the underground rhizomes or are borne on the stems. The leaves are green, hairless above, fuzzy or hairless below, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate in shape, up to 15 inches (38 cm) long, and spirally arranged around the stems. The branched, cane-like stems emerge from underground rhizomes. The main stems are brown, semi-woody, mostly upright, and bamboo-like, while the green, leafy side stems are curved into a graceful spiral arc.


This ornamental garden plant is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia.

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Benno Ibold
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Benno Ibold

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Aug 1, 2015
Submitted on Aug 23, 2015

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