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Crepe Ginger

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Crepe ginger flower that I spotted on the Altun Ha grounds in Roatàn, Honduras.

The crepe ginger is a tall-growing and lush-looking, tropical shrub that is a common feature in local tropical-themed gardens. Growing up to a height of sixteen feet, the crepe ginger is often used as a background plant. Several plants with their large, dark and glossy leaves can be grown in a group to create a bold, dramatic effect. The most prominent feature of the crepe ginger is its white, trumpet-shaped flowers. The white flower-dark green foliage color contrast ensures the flowers stand out against the dark foliage. They avoid being obscured by other plants by blooming at the tip end of the ginger’s tall, sturdy stems.

The crepe-like appearance of its blooms is what earned this ginger its common name. The white flowers have a yellow patch in the center. The edge of the flower is undulated. Although they look fragile, feel the petals between your fingers and you will realize they are rather waxy in texture. These are the true flowers of this ginger, which emerge from a cone-shaped cluster of bracts. The bracts, which are technically modified leaves, are maroon in colour and remains attractive for about a month or so even after the true flowers fade.

Although the crepe ginger is better known as an ornamental plant, it has food and medicinal uses as well. The crepe ginger is to treat fever where the leaves are grounded into a paste and applied to the forehead to bring down a high fever. A decoction made from boiling parts of the plant is used to bathe a patient with fever. The crepe ginger rhizome had been used to treat colds, rheumatism and pneumonia and it is also eaten during times of famine as a source of carbohydrates but is presumably not very palatable due to its fibrous texture.

Photo captured November 16, 2011.

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous

7 Dec 2011 5:29am

Mats from Sweden

Wow, what a wonderful flower! Great capture.

7 Dec 2011 8:50am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very good colour and details, particularly on the white flower.

7 Dec 2011 8:51am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely ginger flower !

7 Dec 2011 8:51am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful light and details.. lovely colours

7 Dec 2011 9:06am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic vibrant presentation and interesting information as well.

7 Dec 2011 10:15am

mhelene from France

Very beautiful . Great presentation and superb colors .

7 Dec 2011 10:21am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

beautiful flower - well captured!

7 Dec 2011 12:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Truly beautiful, and the bloom is such a treat when unveiled.

7 Dec 2011 2:02pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Fantastic text, Steven! Wow! Your beautiful dual portrait here is just as wonderful! What a magnificent and gorgeous plant! Excellent piece here, sir!

7 Dec 2011 4:29pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The ginger is lovely in itself, but with the flower it is gorgeous!

7 Dec 2011 10:15pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Extraordinaire fleur ... une jolie découverte .... compliments

7 Dec 2011 10:21pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Incredible colour and detail, either flowering or not it is a very beautiful plant.
Magnificent photos !~

7 Dec 2011 11:32pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful photos of this beautiful plant.

8 Dec 2011 12:36am

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Two lovely shot..excellent framing!

8 Dec 2011 1:37am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very unusual and beautiful plant. I have need seen this before. Way cool.

8 Dec 2011 3:44am

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Great light and beautiful colours.

12 Dec 2011 7:52pm