Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Another rare ginger which can only be found in SBG's Ginger Gardens, the Etlingera burttii is a large ginger with a creeping rhizome that gives rise to leafy shoots which reach to a height of over 7 m (23 ft.) tall. Each shoot holds up to 30 large leaves that can grow to 100 cm (40 in.) long and 20 cm (8 in.) wide. The inflorescence sits on the ground and holds numerous, densely clustered, yellow flowers with a red stigma. The shooths and the fruits are edible. Tubu Ligan is native to Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, where it grows in montane forest to about 1500 m (4900 ft.).