Curcuma karnatakensis Amalraj, Velay. & Mural., J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 15: 490 1991.;
SW. India as per POWO;
KER-koo-muh — from the Arabic kurkum, meaning saffron
¿ kar-NAH-tuh-ken-sis ? — of or from Karnataka, state in south India
commonly known as: Carnatic curcuma, Karnataka turmeric
Endemic to: Karnataka (state in south India);

¿ Curcuma sp. ? : Attachments (1). 9 posts by 2 authors.
Attached here is a photograph of Zingiberaceae member, probably species of Curcuma or may even be some Amomum, or altogether that I do not know.
This I found in the vicinity of Kadri Temple, Mangalore.
I am sitting with it since May 2007 !!
Some fair idea: found it growing in shade of large tree cover among bed of moist decaying leaves; the time of year was approximately post few monsoon showers.
They were plenty of them, though scattered far apart. Interesting to note is the way the flowers appear directly on the soil as if emerging from a namesake stem on the root.
PS: Unfortunately, I have only this photograph

… book gives almost similar picture at page 362 as Curcuma species without mentioning the exact species. Flowers have some similarity with flowers of Curcuma longa (Haldi).

Yes, I too have noticed that similarity; however I would like to know the exact species unless there are too many close and confusing ones.
C. longa has relatively a taller inflorescence made up of several flowers, whereas this one is usually seen solitary or with hardly 2 – 3 flowers ( not sure if my expression is technically correct).
Other than that one picture in Shrikant ji’s FFOS, I am yet to come across any such illustration in other references, say the internet or other reference books.
That makes me wonder more about this plant !! 

thanks for guiding me to
I got the unidentified Curcuma to be C. karnatakensis by Dr. Sabu (I believe the owner of the site) himself.

… finally this one is Curcuma karnatakensis.
I approached Dr. Mamiyil Sabu, owner of; he helped identify it.


Family: Zingiberaceae
Date: 11th May 2015
Place: Shimoga District, Karnataka

Habit: Herb

Yes. it is Curcuma karnatakensis.

ANAUG02/02 Curcuma oligantha (Please validate) : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

Family: Zingiberaceae
Date: 9th August 2015
Place: Udupi, Karnataka

Identified as Curcuma karnatakensis Amalraj, Velay. & Mural. by …

 Images by tspkumar



48-TSP-ID-30APR2016-1: Curcuma sp (Zingiberaceae) for ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Kindly identify this Curcuma sp (Zingiberaceae) 

Habit: A rhizomatous herb 

Habitat: Wild, Evergreen forest. 

Sighting: Vanagoor, Sakaleshpur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 28-04-2016

Pl. send some leaf parts also for ID.

Curcuma karnatakensis

ANMAY24/25 Curcuma sp. for identification : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Family: Zingiberaceae
Date: 11th May 2015
Place: Shimoga District, Karnataka

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Grasslands

This is also a white form of Curcuma karnatakensis


Zingiberaceae for id: Mandalpatti, Coorg, Karnataka: 6 images- 3 high res.
On 7.5.22 at Mandalpatti view point at around 4000 ft. in Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, Coorg, Karnataka.

Curcuma bhatii (R.M.Sm.) ??

Curcuma karnatakensis
Akala Gavi :: Curcuma neilgherrensis :: DVFEB11/44 : 1 post by 1 author.
Akala Gavi … Yellapur, Karnataka
Date: 25 MAY 2013 … Altitude: about 580 m asl
Curcuma neilgherrensis Wight … (family: Zingiberaceae)

Different images given in different links.

Curcuma karnatakensis
Identification (plant/jun15/9) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Request to identify the photos taken at Jog falls, Shimoga, Karnataka

Looks like Curcuma species, please wait for experts.

Received ID from … as Curcuma neilgherrensis.

Curcuma karnatakensis



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.
Attachments (1)

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.

By look of the anther spur I would say C.inodora. But is there a possibility of hybridization with C.karnatakensis?

Curcuma karnatakensis

Earlier in 2015, you have suggested it as Curcuma inodora. Is it Ok to take it Curcuma karnatakensis now?

Maybe by mistake. It is C. karnatakensis.


Curcuma neilgherrensis in FOI: 2 images.
Two images by Prashant ji at Curcuma neilgherrensis in FOI (attached), should be of Curcuma karnatakensis Amalraj, Velay. & Mural.
Pl. correct.


Commelinales and Zingiberales Week :: Zingiberaceae :: Curcuma neilgherrensis:
Observed in Kudremukh Karnataka May 2007

These are not Curcuma neilgherrensis, since they don’t have sterile bracts (coma) at the tip of the spike.
The white flowered one is Curcuma oligantha which has distribution only in northern Kerala and South Karnataka in India, also in Sri Lanka.
The yellow flowered one is its endemic variety: Curcuma oligantha var. lutea.

Curcuma karnatakensis





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