Etlingera elatior

Etlingera elatior (or rose de porcelaine) is a species native to Malaysia and Indonesia. Its sumptuous petals are so bright that they seem like porcelain. In Anglo-Saxon countries, it is called ginger torch as it can make one think of a flaming torch. Its Latin name Etlingera comes from the German botanist, Andreas Etlinger, who referenced it and Elatior means "bigger" because it can reach more than one meter.

This beautiful flower is part of the Zingiberaceae family like ginger and turmeric. Thus, it is grown as a food plant and spice in Indonesia in particular. Its essential oil can be used to fight perspiration odors and is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Etlingera elatior

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