Indonesian wax ginger is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia. It is not
found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Plants are up to 8' (2.4 m) tall, with
branched, bamboo-like stems. Leaves
are oval shaped, 8-15" (20-38 cm) × 2-4" (5-10 cm), with smooth edges and pointed ends. They
are medium green and glossy, hairless on top, fuzzy or hairless below, and arranged in a spiral
pattern around the stems. Brilliant red pineapple-shaped
flowerheads are composed of bracts (specialized leaves). The true flowers are small and orange-yellow
in color, poking their relatively inconspicuous “heads” out between the red bracts like suspicious
Yellow flowers emerging from red bracts. By Kurt Stüber.