Pineapple Ginger
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Pineapple Ginger
P Introduced Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Pineapple Ginger, Giant Spiral Ginger, Indonesian wax ginger
Botanical name: Tapeinochilos ananassae    Family: Costaceae (Spiral Ginger family)
Synonyms: Costus ananassae, Costus pungens

Pineapple Ginger is a herbaceous plant with underground rhizomes and grows to about 2-4 m tall. Leaves are dark green, arranged spirally around the stems, measuring about 35 cm long and 15 cm wide. Stems are herbaceous, bamboo-like. Flower clusters look like inverted pineapples, with dark red cone-shaped bracts enclosing yellow flowers. Fruits are cone-like, red bracts which will slowly turn to brown. Pineapple Ginger is found in Maluku, New Guinea, Queensland, grown as a houseplant elsewhere.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in JNTBGRI, Palode, Kerala.

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