This little known member of the genus Etlingera from damp mountain valleys to 2000 m (6600 ft.) in northern Borneo has a short-creeping rhizome that gives rise to leafy shoots to 4 m (13 ft.) tall. The large, briefly stalked leaves can grow to 80 cm (32 in.) long and 20 cm (8 in.) wide. The inflorescences rise about a foot above the forest floor and look like red hot pokers, topped by a beautiful crown of bright yellow and red flowers. The fruits of this species are gathered by the locals for their unusual and enchanting flavor and are used as a rare condiment. They leave a taste behind that some say is meaty, and indeed, the seeds are covered in a very oily skin that emanates a meaty, spicy aroma even after being dried for days. Apart from its interesting spice potential it would make a wonderful ornamental for the tropics.