Tepus TanahSunday, August 16, 2009
At Floria 2009 that was held at Putrajaya recently, I was captivated by some big yellow cones that grew out of the ground. The plant is called Tepus Tanah in Malay and its botanic name is Zingiber Spectabile, from the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.
Tepus Tanah grows wildly in tropical rain forests and has leaves similar to the common ginger plant.
The yellow cones have flowers growing out from it.
The leaves have medicinal properties. They can be pounded and used to reduce swelling and treat wounds. The cones meanwhile are used by florist to make attractive floral arrangements. Have you seen this kind of flower cones at the florist?
When I saw the cone it actually look quite familiar. Then I recall seeing them on my wedding day! So I searched thru' my wedding photos and yes, my florist did include them in the free standing bouquets used during my church wedding (pic below)! My wedding theme colours were pink, purple and white. The florist must have thought that the cones would make the arrangement more interesting :-)
So I was right... I knew I have seen these cones somewhere! Now what flowers did you have or would you like to have for your wedding?