Leafy shoots to 2 m tall. Leaves lanceolate, to 6 cm wide the tips with a narrowed point, ligule entire. Flower cluster ovoid, about 6-7 cm long and wide on a stalk to about 40 cm long. Bracts green, becoming red. Flowers yellow. Lip white or yellow.
In SE Asia occasionally grown as a culinary plant but less popular than Z. officinale.
Source: (2005). Zingiberaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.