Curcuma neilgherrensis Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. t. 2006 1853. (Syn: Curcuma angustifolia Dalzell & A.Gibson [Illegitimate]);
W. & S. India, Indo-China: India, Laos, Myanmar as per POWO;

Cucurma sp. flowering: Was at my bungalow in Khandala over the weekend. Noticed that the species of Curcuma flowering there looked different from the on my property at Shahapur whose photographs are available at these links :

Would appreciate an id of these. Sending a few photographs.

Did some research. Of the 13 species of Curcuma described by Dr.Almeida in his ‘Flora of Maharashtra’, I feel that C.neilgherrensis is most likely to fit the bill.

Please do not get confused. This is as simple as Curcuma pseudomontana.

It is Curcuma neilgherrensis.

Cucurma sp. flowering: Thank you for your comment.
A few problems with this assumption :
– whilst the former [the Shahapur species] stands 3 – 4 feet tall, the latter [the Khandala species] tops the bar at not more than 40 cms.
– the leaves of the former are 0.6 mts. or more in length [including the petiole] with a 20 -35 cm. petiole, whereas in the latter the leaves are 15 – 25 cms long with a short petiole.
– also while the flowers in the former appear with the leavesin the latter [as can be seen in the photographs] most have flowered even before the leaves appear.
Therefore feel that the 2 species are distinct – the former being C. pseudomontana while the latter could be C.neilgherrensis [or even a new species C.neilkhandalensis !]

I am a bit confused which is former and which is latter. Can you please send me a mail with one species in one folder.

It is Curcuma neilgherrensis.


Kindly identify this Curcuma sp (Zingiberaceae)…No leaves yet…! 

Habit: Rhizhomatous herb 

Habitat: Wild, Evergreen forest floor with plenty of humus 

Sighting: Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 06-05-2016

Is it Curcuma zedoaria?

Curcuma rubrobracteata Skornickova, M. Sabu & Prasanth or Curcuma raktakanta Mangaly & M. Sabu. ??

Curcuma neilgherrensis?




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