Famous Italian Botanist Odoardo Beccari, who collected this plant in Borneo more than a hundred years ago, remarked that this species was indeed the nastiest flower he had ever seen. The inflorescence is a slimy, oozing spike that breaks through the side of the 4 m (13 ft.) leafy shoots. Its red head looks like a piece of rotting meat, with dozens of small yellow flowers emerging from the oozing goo. The fruits are edible and the seeds can be used as a spice. The Iban people eat them in the woods but for superstitious reasons never take them home. With attractive foliage just like other large ginger species, the Banjang is certainly a most unusual addition to the tropical garden.