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Plant Identification: Strange Flower!! - Looks like pink pine cone on a corn stalk

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tanderson1812
Lincoln, NE

August 18, 2010
3:42 PM

Post #8048083

I work at a hotel and our florist sometimes sends us the strangest flowers. This particular one I can't identify by any websites, so I decided to ask the experts at Dave's instead. Attached is a picture of the flower. The cylindrical, "pine cone" part of the flower is about 4-5 inches long and the diameter of the cylinder is about 2.5-3 inches. What do you think?

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2010
3:51 PM

Post #8048095

It looks like a Ginger. Spiral Ginger maybe.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2010
4:29 PM

Post #8048155

Hmmm... probably a Curcuma, but the flower is a bit faded and without seeing the foliage I'm not sure which one.
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2010
4:38 PM

Post #8048173

http://www.alohatropicals.com/Gingers_Curcuma.html
http://www.pbase.com/hoppyman/image/119381979
Maybe this beehive ginger.
http://www.naturephoto-cz.com/beehive-ginger:zingiber-spectabile-photo-7442.html

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