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Tropical Zone Gardening: Need help identifying my Etlingera elatior plant

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(Zone 11)

July 21, 2011
1:07 AM

Post #8705368

Etlingera elatior 'Red Torch'
Torch Ginger, Wax Flower

I've just joined Dave's Garden and have posted my Etlingera elatior (Bunga Kantan) plant located in Malaysia which is producing a lot of seeds that I'd like to trade. But, I want to make sure that I am classifying it correctly. I've listed it under "Red Torch" as it looks closest to the plants on this page: opposed to the lighter flowers here:

My plant is a deep pink color not a dark red. An image of my flowering plant can be found here: .

It is definitely not as dark as this flower I found online: .

Can someone help me classify it?

Also if anyone is interested, I do have a lot of fresh seeds right now (check my have list in my profile).


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Keaau, HI

July 24, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8712897

Your Etlingera elatior flower does look like the 'Red Torch' cultivar that grows in Hawai'i.

(Zone 11)

July 25, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8715208

Thanks Metrosideros!
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 6, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9351780

Etlingera elatior 'Red Torch'...lots of them here at Puerto Rico

December 10, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9354941

I should check mine for seeds. I never cut the old flower heads off so there might be some.
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 10, 2012
8:49 PM

Post #9355212

A friend gave me one of these same ones in white, but she also told my that it was a fragrant variety... noticed it needs to be more shade than the other varieties. Have someone heard about a type like that?

December 10, 2012
11:07 PM

Post #9355251

I have 2 small white ones. If they need more shade than the others I might have to move them.
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 11, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9355593

Yeah, I had to move them from "in situ" back to a 2 gal pot as the bit of leaves they had where scorched but the sun... they ended back in my greenhouse. Will let it grow a bit more and then try to look for a spot with morning sun only... and close to my house, as I love to have nice smells close by... maybe close to a bunch of turmeric plants in my kitchen garden, next to the kitchen... also have read that one can use the seeds as a spice... they do have a fruity taste (aromatic as well) but you collect them before they mature fully.
Laie, HI

December 29, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9370158

Malaysian Project, Are you eating your torch ginger? They eat a lot in Sarawak out at the longhouses.
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 30, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9370572

plancton I bought a white one last fall. did you say fragrant? I hope it is fragrant and seeds like that red one.
the red one is gorgeous by the way, is it fragrant?

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