Curcuma inodora Blatt., J. Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 26: 357 1930 publ. 1931.;
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It is a spring bloomer, commonly called as “hidden purple ginger”. It is mainly located in Maharashtra and Goa states of South India and grows up to 60 cm, producing beautiful green broad leaves with large purple inflorescence and flowers. The plant produces inflorescences independent of the leafy shoot just after pre-monsoon showers and again amidst the leaves after monsoon.
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IUCN status: Near threatened
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Actually Curcuma inodora shows a wide range of variation mainly by means of flower colour, bract shape and inflorescence length. We collected more than 10 varaints in flower colour, 12 variants in inflorescnce nature and 5 variants in bract shape from Maharashtra and Goa.
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Systematic and variability studies on ‘hidden purple ginger’, Curcuma inodora Blatter J. (Zingiberaceae) – an endemic promising ginger from Peninsular India by K.M. Prabhu Kumara, V.P. Thomasa, M. Sabu*, A.V. Prasantha and K.V. Mohanana- Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography, 2014 Vol. 69, No. 1, 123–130-
Abstract: Ornamental horticulture has become an important commercial trade area in India through the steady increase in demand for cut flowers, and potted and landscape plants. India has a rich distribution of many wild gingers and their ornamental potential is yet to be exploited. The present study is a step towards using the potential ornamental value of Indian wild gingers and creating knowledge and awareness about the need for conservation and for detailed study of native wild ornamental plants in societies, local peoples, students and horticulturists. With these objectives, one endemic species with high ornamental potential, Curcuma inodora Blatter J., was selected and detailed studies were conducted. All the specimens collected were successfully conserved at the Calicut University Botanical Garden.

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[EfloraIndia_201211PD02_Curcuma sp_Flora of Odisha for ID: sharing the images of a very very rare Zingiberaceae member from Odisha

Name of the species: Curcuma
Family: Zingiberaceae
Placee of collection: Mahendragiri, Gajapati Odisha
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild, Semi-evergreen forests, under the close canopy
Altitude: 400 m above msl

Curcuma inodora: Family Zingiberaceae

It is a spring bloomer, commonly called as “hidden purple ginger”. It is mainly located in Maharashtra and Goa states of South India and grows up to 60 cm, producing beautiful green broad leaves with large purple inflorescence and flowers. The plant produces inflorescences independent of the leafy shoot just after pre-monsoon showers and again amidst the leaves after monsoon.
IUCN status: Near threatened

(Please check this plant is presented in your state or not. I think this is a new record for your state).


Thanks a lot … for the detail description and status of this species. I had a confusion between Curcuma inodora and Curcuma heyneana. Thanks a lot for the authentication. U r right. There is no report of this species from my state.


Thanks for sharing. In year 2003, I was invited as guest speaker at Workshop on Prospects of Medicinal Plant in Kalahandi District organised by Kalahandi Medicinal Plant Grower’s Association, Bhawanipatna, Orissa. During visit to nearby forest I observed the plant “Genchi“. Genchi is local name of Curcuma inodora. It is used in treatment of Psoriasis both internally as well as externally. Few years back this plant came in my life again when Eminent Sadhus from Uttaranchal approached to me for treatment of Psoriasis linked with respiratory diseases. I requested them to get this plant from Bhawanipatna.
During the said workshop in BhawaniPatna, this species was present as exhibit in Town Hall with label “Wild turmeric useful for fever.”
It is not listed in medicinal plant checklist (Orissa) of FRLHT.
http://envis.frlht.org/checklist/Orissa.pdf
MSSRF has also done documentation work in Bhawanipatna. I have to check whether they have reported it or not. (I was informed by local traders that the survey was superficial.)

Thanks a lot … for the valuable details on Curcuma. But so far there is no published record of this species from odisha. kindly conform its distribution from kalahandi.


I am contacting my sources after replying you.
Wild Turmeric is known as Genchi in Chhattisgarh also specially in parts close to Orissa. But I have noted it “different” from Curcuma inodora. Please watch this video clip taken in wild Turmeric patch of forest in Chhattisgarh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAf5AEYOHYQ
The Healers of Niyamgiri Hills use more than six types of Haldi (Curcuma). I was informed that German research team has prepared special film on wild curcuma of Niyamgiri but it is not online. I got only one type of Curcuma during visit
http://ecoport.org/ep?SearchType=pdb&PdbID=102416
You are right. As it is not reported in modern literature you can publish it as first record.

Thanks a lot … for the clipping. but in this clipping its hard to tell whether this is the same species or not. … can conform as he is the expert in Zingiberacea.


Actually Curcuma inodora shows a wide range of variation mainly by means of flower colour, bract shape and inflorescence length. We collected more than 10 varaints in flower colour, 12 variants in inflorescnce nature and 5 variants in bract shape from Maharashtra and Goa. These all accessions are successfully domesticated and conserved at Calicut University Botanical garden under Dr. M. Sabu. I cant to post the variant photos now because I not published that datas.



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Curcuma for species Id : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Can anyone Id species of this Curcuma

Pic taken at Amboli Sindhudurg MH on June 2014


Seems to be Curcuma inodora except some minor variation on the labellum.


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Fwd: [efloraofindia:191519] Curcuma for species Id 2 : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1).

can anyone tell me specific name of this Curcuma
Picture taken Amboli MH June 2014


It is Curcuma inodora, a highly variable species. It produces both central and lateral inflorescence from one and the same plant in different seasons. The bract and flower colors also vary considerably.

 


Attached are pictures of Curcuma pseudomontana captured at SGNP, Shilonda in June 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID.

This is Curcuma inodora


How do one differentiate these two?



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Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae: Curcuma inodora : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- Curcuma PDF Webbia.pdf

Please find our ‘hidden purple ginger’ with one recently published paper.


Thanks again … for beautiful photograph and the paper.


Curcuma Sp. (Ran halad) from Prabalgad and Satara


It is Curcuma inodora


There’s a nice paper by our own Prabhukumar and Dr Sabu about curcuma inodora in the journal:
Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography Volume 69, Issue 1, 2014
the url for it is rather looooong: take a look
apparently it will make for delightful addition to the houseplant// homegarden nursery trade.

 


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Anshi Ghat :: Curcuma neilgherrensis :: DVFEB23/56 : 12 posts by 7 authors. 4 images.
Anshi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 25 MAY 2013 … Altitude: 340 – 380 m asl
Curcuma neilgherrensis Wight (family: Zingiberaceae) 


Nice pictures …, but it is not C. neilgherrensis. Have you the habit photo?


same comment as above and is this the whole plant or does it grow into a lush green thing as it grows?
and the rhizome? color ?

I guess as a concerned botanist/citizen you did not dig them out so its ok…
may be I’ll find a research paper available to common people not hose restricted to research community…


Many thanks … for validating the ID; but the above photos are all that I have.
Please let me know what are your thoughts. C. karnatakensis ?
These were found growing on sloping mud banks of a road.


efi page on Curcuma karnatakensis 


It is Curcuma inodora. Is it from Maharashtra, Goa and North karnataka region? 


Thanks, … This is from Anshi Ghat … Karnataka


I had seen similar plant in Kudremukh Karnataka in April.

The local guide told it to be Curcuma neilgherriensis but was not validated clearly on the group.
Adding my photographs hoping it might add some light.
One thing is clear the flowering season is distinctly different than the other Curcuma in Western ghats.
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Many thanks … for these efforts of resurfacing and getting the ID.
Thank you very much … for the ID, Many thanks … for validating the ID. Will correct my flickr notes soon.


 


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On 30/8/09 in Narsapur forest in Medak district near Hyderabad, A.P.; at Tungareshwar in july 2008; Curcuma pseudomontana – indiantreepix | Google Groups Curcuma inodora Ginger

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Need help with this id : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – around 900 kb each.
Can anyone please help with id’ing this. Shot in Bhopal in black soil. These emerged after the first few rains of the season.

Please check Curcuma sp. !


Curcuma inodora



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Please identify : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2)

This is Curcuma aromatica or Curcuma angustifolia

Locations: Ratnagiri maharashtra 

Click on : 14 july 2020


Curcuma inodora. A highly variable species.


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ID request- 250621AS02: 4 images.
Date/Time- 25/06/21
Location- Reni Pani, Madhya Pradesh, near Satpura National Park, Madhai, Altitude- 350 m,
Habitat- Wild Type- Growing at the edge of a stream, in a shaded area.
Plant Habit- herb
Height/Length- 20 cm

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Leaves alternately arranged from a bulb

Flower- Resembled a lot like a ginger variety, was pink, white and yellow. The flower also came out directly from a bulb.
The pictures are from different specimens, but seem to be the same species.


Curcuma angustifolia Roxb. ??


It can be Curcuma inodora


Thanks …, how do you differentiate between the two?


Curcuma inodora


I have found articles by H. Santapau helpful in identifying some species of Curcuma in the Bombay area.
One article is called : On a Common Species of Curcuma of Bombay and Salsette Islands
It is from JBNHS vol 51, Dec 1952 and may be available online.
In this article Santapau gives a full description of C. inodora

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Devgad, Kokan, MH :: Curcuma for ID :: ARK2021-082: 4 images.
This Curcuma was seen growing alongside a road near Devgad, coastal Kokan, MH in Aug 2021.

Requesting to please provide ID.


Curcuma inodora



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