Etlingera venusta (Zingiberaceae) 

Common Names 

English: Malay rose

Spanish: rosa malaya


    Malay rose has arching 6-8 foot leaves and lovely porcelain pink and white basal inflorescences from 1-2 feet tall.  The pink and white "petals" are actually bracts, which later reveal small true flowers inside.  Attractive in the garden and as an exotic and long lasting cut flower.  Blooms from January to May in Puerto Rico.  Propagated by division and seeds.




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