DescriptionAwapuhi-ko `oko`o Torch Ginger Etlingera elatior Phaeomeria magnifica Location: Growing wild and naturalized in the cloud forest of Hoolawa (Twin Falls) Puohokamoa Valley Maui Hawaii Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Tv: 1/125 Aperture Value: 5.6 The torch ginger or wax flower (Etlingera elatior) is believed native to Sulawesi (Celebes) and Jawa, Indonesia (Java). The plant is now grown in many tropical locations both for the extravagant flowers and for food. In Malaysia, it is called kantan. The peduncles (stems) of the inflorescence are chopped and added to laksa pots (various curries or soups made with rice noodles). The spectacular inflorescence rises from the rhizome to a height of 60 centimeters (24 inches) to more than a meter (40 inches). The individual flowers will appear from between the pinecone-like scales above the waxy bracts. The leaves grow in ranks from separate stalks along the rhizome. The leafy stalks are evergreen and get 4.5 to 6 meters (15 to 20 feet) tall. Etlingera elatior (Torch Ginger or Ginger Flower) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant. Botanical synonyms include Nicolaia elatior and Phaeomeria speciosa. The showy pink flowers are used in decorative arrangements while the flower buds are an important ingredient in the Nonya dish laksa. In North Sumtara, the flower buds are used for a dish called arsik ikan mas (Andaliman Peppercorn Spiced Carps) It is known in Indonesianas bunga kecombrang or honje, Malay as bunga kantan and Thai as kaalaa. In Karo, it is known as asam cekala (asam meaning sour), and the flower buds, but more importantly the ripe seed pods, which are packed with small black seeds, are an essential ingredient of the Karo version of sayur asam, and are particularly suited to cooking fresh fish. 1. Information Sources: Etlingera eliator Plant of the Week ourjrny The Heart Within the Art Copyright Sharon Mau 2010Torch GingerEtlingera elatior Wailele Farm Twin Falls Maui Hawaii
Sharon Mau, Maui Hawaii Member Since July 2010 Artist StatementSharon Mau is a fine art photographer, journalist, visual communicator and conceptual artist residing upcountry on the beautiful tropical island of ihikapalaumaewa, more commonly known as Maui Hawaii - Paradise on Earth - Island of Rainbows, specializing primarily in beautiful tropical flowers, conceptual art and seascapes.
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