Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
Description and Ethnobotany
|Large perennial herb forming clumps up to 3-4.5 m tall.
|The large, lanceolate leaves resemble banana leaves.
|Pseudostems emerge aboveground from an underground, horizontal stem known as a rhizome. The rhizome has a creeping habit, producing clumps of pseudostems.
|The flower stem is produced by the rhizome (underground horizontal stem). The inflorescence is a spike or head composed of porcelain-white bracts embedded with tiny, yellow true flowers. The flowers are arranged in 3-4 concentric circles on a flat base known as a receptacle.
|Fleshy, indehiscent fruits are known as capsules and contain many, black seeds. They are arranged in a round, fruiting head (2.5 cm wide)
|Its specific epithet elatior means tall, which refers to the plant height.
|Food (Herb and Spice)
|Desirable Plant Features
|Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
|General, Parks & Gardens
|Silver Garden, Naturalistic Garden
Plant Care and Propagation
|Semi-Shade, Full Sun
|Lots of Water
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Mature Foliage Texture(s)
|Smooth, Leathery, Thick
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio
|3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
|White, Yellow / Golden
|Cluster / Inflorescence
|Flower Lifespan on Plant
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Mature Fruit Colour(s)
|Fleshy Fruit , Non-Accessory Fruit
|Mature Seed Colour(s)
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.