Etlingera elatior, commonly known as torch ginger, is a tropical rhizomatous perennial of the ginger family that grows to ‘ tall in tropical climates but much. Read fascinating facts and browse beautiful, detailed photos of the torch ginger ( Etlingera elatior): one of thousands of plant species growing at the Eden Project. Etlingera elatior or ‘pink torch ginger’ (Zingiberaceae) are widely cultivated in tropical countries and used as spices and food flavoring.

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It is native to Malayasia and Indonesia where it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. Cytotoxic and free radical scavenging activities of Zingiberaceous rhizomes. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Bojeria magnifica Roscoe Raf.

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Relatively few data are available regarding the antioxidant effect of E. Within its native distribution range i. Luang PrabangLaos.

Keep the soil moist and enjoy this stunning addition to your garden. Elator tridentatum Kuntze K. Each naked flower stalk with crowning terminal inflorescence purportedly resembles a torch, hence the common name of torch ginger for this plant. These beautiful blooms attract bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden. Etlingera elatior thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10b and Lead via gastro intestinal absorption is first taken up by the red blood cells and is distributed to all vascular organs [ 3 ].


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Although the flower and flower shoots of this plant have been used for food, there are no studies on the possible antioxidant effect of E. Support Center Support Center.

The study also showed that there was a significant increased production of antioxidant enzymes like super oxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione S – elingera with E. Chronic exposure cases are more common than acute toxicity.

Furthermore, blood lead levels were assayed by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry method. Statistical analysis was done by Graph Pad Prism 5.

Leaves numerous; ligule to 1. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Elatioor Journal of Science and Technology, 3: Lead-protein interaction as a basis for lead toxicity. Dick Culbert Creative Commons Attribution 2. Checklist of the vascular plants of Pohnpei with local names and uses.

Chen Alpinia acrostachya Steud. Authors’ flatior TJ carried out the laboratory studies, collection of plant materials, helped in analysis of data and preparation of manuscript, NH helped in animal experiments, laboratory studies and preparation elahior manuscript and analysis and interpretation of the data, SC involved in laboratory work, revising the manuscript and interpretation of data.

This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat In Southeast Asia, flowers, fruits, and young and tight buds are consumed by humans as spice in curries, epatior soups, stir-fried vegetables and salads. Botanical synonyms include Nicolaia elatior[1] Phaeomeria magnifica[1] Nicolaia speciosaPhaeomeria speciosaAlpinia elatiorand Alpinia magnifica. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Pseudostems shoots m tall. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Etlingera elatior torch ginger ; inflorescence.


Missouri Botanical Garden, The rats etlinger placed in polypropylene cages with three animals per cage and were allowed to acclimatize for one week prior to treatment. The level of PCC decreased significantly when E.

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Soil Tolerances Top of page Soil reaction acid neutral Soil texture medium. Conclusions The results suggest that flower extract of Etlingera elatior has powerful antioxidant effect against lead – induced oxidative stress and the extract may be useful therapeutic agent against lead toxicity. Background Lead Pb is a toxic metal that induces a wide range of behavioral, biochemical and physiological elatiro in humans.

Effects of some sulfur-containing antioxidants on lead-exposed lenses. This assay kit measured GPx activity indirectly by a coupled reaction with glutathione reductase.

Ripening fruits Photograph by: Oxidation rate of tetrazolium salt to formazan dye by O 2 – is inversely proportional to the endogenous activity of SOD. Amomum magnificum Roscoe Benth.

Metabolism and function of glutathione in brain. Etlingera elatior requires consistently moist soil, so be sure to check the soil daily to ensure it is moist to allow your plants will flourish. As lead exposure tends to be sub acute, produces only subtle clinical symptoms.