Torch Ginger is a coarse herb growing in large clumps of 3-6 m high. The leaves are up to 85 x 18 cm.
The inflorescence comes out of the ground instead of the terminal spike, thus making it easier to cut as a cut flower. The bracts are cherry red with yellow edges. As the bracts open up, the lower bract leaves turn down revealing a cone shaped torch. The inner perianth segments are pink, the labellum is red with a yellow or white margin and the anther is red. The fruits are green to reddish. This is an exceptional ginger with a very exotic look, well suited for the garden or greenhouse but needing plenty of room to grow.
Gingers are distinguished by the presence of a labellum, formed by the fusion of two sterile stamens, and by the presence of essential oils in their tissues.
(Smith, A. C. 1979. Flora Vitiensis nova: A New Flora of Fiji. NTBG.)