A spectacular, large ginger with a creeping rhizome that gives rise to leafy shoots to 7 m (23 ft.) tall. Each shoot holds up to 30 large leaves that can grow to 110 cm (43 in.) long and 20 cm (8 in.) wide. The inflorescence opens at ground level and holds numerous, densely clustered, brilliant red flowers with yellow margins that are pollinated by small birds. Baku Tubu is widely distributed from the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Java to Borneo, where it grows in a variety of habitats, including secondary ones, between nearly sea level to about 1200 m (3900 ft.). It is often associated with human habitation. The fruits are edible and have an amazing oily seed, emanating a magnificent perfume. The fruit arils smell almost meaty, some liken them to cream of chicken soup with an undefined “spice” element, and the indigenous people already use them as a preferred condiment. It is a vigorous grower and in cultivation it should adapt to cool tropical and frost free warm temperate climates.