The variety of flowers among the ginger family members is amazing: from the fragility of the crepe gingers, the architectural form of the beehive gingers, and the wax-like flowers of some of the spiral gingers.
If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the torch ginger, whose superb flowers emerge directly from the rhizomes. Like the lotus and waterlilies that I frequently post, I find their flowers have a sheer perfection of form that mesmerises me. There are both pink and red varieties, and I was lucky that both were blooming prolifically on my visit.
|Torch ginger Etlingera elatior|
|Heliconias were well represented in the Ginger Garden.|
|More helconias, here with the cone-like flowered spiral ginger Costus woodsonii|
|Crepe ginger Cheilocostus speciosus is not just a pretty face. It is used in traditional medicine to treat fevers and intestinal worms.|
|Indianthus virgatus (prev. Schumannianthus virgatus) from India and Sri Lanka|
|Still more heliconias|
|Red spiral ginger Costus comosos, which grows really well for me in Brisbane (and even better for my brother in Ballina, a few hours south of me but with rich volcanic soil and more rain).|
|Musa beccarii is a clump-forming banana. Its inner shoot is eaten as a vegetable.|
|Detail of one of the heliconia flower from the plant above.|
|Heliconia stricta 'Dwarf Jamaican'|
|The Parrots Beak Heliconia rostrata|
|I didn't notice the mass of ants on this flower until I looked at the picture later.|
|Just guessing, another Calathea (or maybe a Curcuma), but simply gorgeous, whatever it is.|
I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Ginger Garden. Next post, we will visit Singapore's phenomenal National Orchid Garden.