• Grown throughout tropical South East Asia for the spectacular flowers and for food.
  • The stems of the flowers are chopped up and added to curries or soups with rice noodles.

Where it grows

Native to Malesia, a biogeographical region incorporating Indo-malaysia and Australasia. Torch ginger thrives in full to partial shade and, like most Etlingera, prefers disturbed areas.


  • Bract: modified or specialised leaf in a flowering structure (inflorescence). 
  • Herb: plant with fleshy parts rather than a persistent woody stem above ground. 
  • Perennial: lives for at least two years.
  • Rhizome: underground, horizontal stem, not root.