Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K. Schum.
Red ginger, jungle queen, jungle king, opuhi uteute, gengibre rojo, Tahitian ginger, ostrich plume
This very showy flower appears in red (“jungle king”) and pink (“jungle queen”). Red ginger is native to New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Yap, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Bismark Archipelago, and Bougainville. It was introduced to Hawai‘i prior to 1930, where it is now naturalized. In Hawai‘ian, red ginger is known as ‘awapuhi ‘ula‘ula.
Identification: Leaves are oblong, large, and shiny, on cane-like stems; plants can reach 9' (2.7 m) in height. The bright red or pink flower stalks, up to 12" (30 cm) long, are actually bracts—the plant produces inconspicuous white flowers.
Alpinia purpurata on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
Alpinia purpurata on the USDA Plants Database (PDF)
Alpinia purpurata on Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site
Alpinia purpurata on CalPhotos
Alpinia purpurata on Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers
Alpinia purpurata at the National Tropical Botanical Garden
Alpinia purpurata at the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at Mānoa (PDF)
Alpinia purpurata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.