Tapeinochilos ananassae (Costaceae) - Cairns Botanical Gardens Australia
Tapeinochilos ananassae (Costaceae)
Indonesian wax ginger is a moisture and shade loving plant, 5-6 feet tall. The basal inflorescence is a gorgeous solid bright red, and the bracts are very stiff and waxy. Excellent as a tropical garden plan. Tapeinochilos ananassae is a ginger with spiraling, semi-woody stems reaching five to six feet tall. Leaves radiate outward from the spiral. The pine-cone shaped inflorescence, produced on a separate stem, is red, waxy, and heavy-textured. Pure yellow flowers provide the perfect contrast. The so-called pineapple ginger should be grown in rich, well-drained soil with light shade and regular watering.