Flowering Plants of Kerala: Torch Ginger

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Etlingera elatior by anjana

Recently, while walking through the garden at my house, I saw this beautiful flower in blooms. We had bought it's rhizome from a nursery, somewhat a year ago :) With my Nikon Coolpix I clicked the below pictures. This plant is commonly known as Torch Ginger. From Wikipedia I learned that it's flower-buds are used for making some dishes. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, the essential oils from Etlingera elatior could be used as a source of natural antioxidant and antibacterial in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Etlingera elatior by anjana

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Monocots
Subclass: Zingiberidae
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger family)
Botanical name: Etlingera elatior
Common Name: Torch Ginger
Habit: Perennial Herb

Etlingera elatior by anjana
Etlingera elatior by anjana
Etlingera elatior by anjana
Etlingera elatior by anjana

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