Unidentified and purty

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I've got no idea what this is, but in Ecuador it blooms only after heavy rain and the flowers last until it gets sunny again (about 1 day.)

    An ID would be nice, but I'll enjoy them regardless.
     

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like Alpinia zerumbet (shell ginger). Should have a nice fragrance.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    They do smell awesome, slightly spicy and a bit sweet. Thanks for the ID!
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Is this an edible plant in any way?
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I don't think so.
     

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