Alpinia malacenssis01 May
Commonly referred to as “Giant White Shell” Alpinia is a genus of flowering plants in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, named for Prospero Alpini, a 17th-century Italian botanist who specialized in exotic plants. This rare species has stunning snow white flowers with large, soft velvety leaves and that famous gingerly scent. Scientific studies have shown that extracts from its leaves are a great source of natural antioxidants. Find it blooming along the Boardwalk.