My mom got this in her Mother's Day arrangement and we have no idea what it is.

yellow flower that looks like a smooth pineapple skin

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. As it is ornemental, the question might be a better fit on [Garderning.SE](gardening.stackexchange.com). $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    May 16, 2017 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand why there are already 2 close votes in this question. Asking for species identification is perfectly valid here at biology SE. Is the issue just the fact that the plant in question is an ornamental one? It makes no sense to me. $\endgroup$
    – user24284
    May 16, 2017 at 3:32
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    $\begingroup$ The problem here is different, @Tytoalba. The discussion on Meta talks about a good answer making it worth to keep a question, be it a good or a bad question. What I'm asking here is: why the close votes in the first place? species-identification tag doesn't explicitly says "just for non-ornamental species" or anything like that. OP just wants to know the species of that plant, that's it. It makes no difference if the plant is in a park, in a forest or in his/her mom's table. $\endgroup$
    – user24284
    May 16, 2017 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ @GerardoFurtado See the last paragraph of Madscientist's answer. I didn't remember the question, and wrongly said valid 'discussion', I'll remove it now. $\endgroup$
    – Tyto alba
    May 16, 2017 at 8:41
  • $\begingroup$ I've read it, thanks, but I'm still think the issue here is unrelated to that discussion. $\endgroup$
    – user24284
    May 16, 2017 at 8:43

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This is a beehive ginger, Zingiber spectabile.

Its inflorescence will become a bit different sometime soon:

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I believe the one in your image is not yet fully developed, like this one here:

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