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Torch Ginger

Etlingera elatior


Etlingera elatior (also known as Torch Ginger, Ginger Flower, Red Ginger Lily, Torch Lily, Wild Ginger, Combrang, Bunga Kantan, Philippine Wax Flower, Xiang Bao Jiaing, Indonesian Tall Ginger, Boca de Dragón, Rose de Porcelaine, Porcelain Rose) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant.


Seen in a garden in a mountainous rainforest area between San Isidro de la General and Dominical in Costa Rica.


Leaves of E. elatior have the highest antioxidant, antibacterial and tyrosinase inhibition activities among five Etlingera species studied. Antioxidant properties (AOP) of leaves were significantly stronger than flowers and rhizomes.

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Torch Ginger
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pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Ann, I knew that, but it was on the tip of my tongue, so to speak, and I couldn't bring it back to my memory! Oh the problems of age!!!

The local name is Baston de Emperedor, Emperor's Staff.

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San José, Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 14, 2013
Submitted on Nov 9, 2013

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