IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)

Curcuma pseudomontana J.Graham , Cat. Pl. Bombay 210 1839. (syn. Curcuma grahamiana Voigt ; Curcuma ranadei Prain);

Hill Turmeric • Hindi: Kachura • Marathi: रानहळद raan halada, शिंदळवान shindalavana or शिंदळवानी shindalavani • Tamil: Kattu manjal • Malayalam: Kattu manjal;




DV – 14AUG10 – 1058 :: Curcuma sp. near Valmiki Ashram : Attachments (5 + 9). 9 posts by 5 authors.
ID please … hopefully, have not mixed two different Curcuma plants … (please correct me if P1220911.JPG is different)
Date/Time : August 14, 2010 at 10.58am IST,
Location Place : near Valmiki Ashram, Aaja Parvat, near Shahapur, Maharashtra
Altitude : about 526 m ± 10m (above mean sea level)
GPS : around 19°27’59.16″N, 73°40’14.29″E

Habitat : moist deciduous forest
Type : rain-forest
: annual herb
Height : about 1 – 1.5 m
Length : – not a climber –
: simple, with entire and slightly wavy margin, … growing clustered from ground level
Shape : elliptic, blunt tip, tapering base, fusing with stalk
Size : about 50 -70 cm long, the stalk also as long as (or longer than) the leaf, about 15 – 20 cm broad
: spike rising from plant base, from – among the leaf stalks
Size : about 15 – 20 cm, the stalk too as long (or longer)
: the upper-most soft pink ¿ petals ? about 6 – 7 cm x 3 – 4 cm
Colour : pink tinted

Very nice pics as usual.
i had been to Amboli (near Sawantwadi, Maharashtra) in the first week of Aug 2010. i saw same kind of Curcuma plants, nearly 1 to 1.5 mt. tall but unfortunately not a single plant was flowering.
Amboli is called “Cherapunji” of Maharashtra.

This is the regular Hill Tumeric [Cucurma pseudomontana]. I don’t see anything different in this specimen. Have plenty of these currently flowering on my property. Will send photographs later in the day if required.

Thank you very much …
CURCUMAs keep confusing me.
Would like to see different stages of this Curcuma‘s growth.
– Does the plant starts growing with the first showers of monsoon ?
– Does the flower spike start growing right then, and grows along with leaves
– Normally, how long do these flowers stay with the plant ?

I also got confused by the varried colour combination in this species !!

i will go with …

From my records over the last few years, the flowering seasons were:  

2006    June to September

2007    July  to October

2008    July to September

2009    August to September  

This year new plants first made their appearance on 4th July [Photograph 1]. Later on 11th July new plants were fairly widespread [Photograph 2]. The first flowers were observed on 24th July [Photograph 3].  

Mass flowering is currently on [Photographs 4 to 7] while at the same time new plants continue to sprout [Photographs 8 & 9].  

Would estimate that the inflorescence remains on the plant for about a month. The plants generally droop and die once the monsoons recede in October – November.

… very generous response … have killed all my queries at one go.
Left me wondering about your record-keeping — God bless your meticulousness.

C. pesudomontana   Flower  yellow    spike arising after the leaves, corolla 2-lipped    
C. amanda                Flower yellow    spike arising after the leaves  corolla lip 3-lobed
C. decipiens              Flower purple    spike arising after the leaves  corolla lip 2-lobed
C. neilgherensis        Flower pink       spike arise before leaves       corolla lip 2-lobed
C. aromatica             Flower pink        spike arise before leaves       corolla lip 3-lobed

C. inodora                 Flower purplish with yellowish tinge on corolla lip   Spike arise after leaves, lateral   corolla 3-lipped
I have not came across C. reclinata, no reference as of now.

Family : Zinziberaceae
Common in Western ghats in monsoon.



identification no250811sn2:
I think this is Curcuma pseudomontana. Kindly validate.
date/time:aug 11

plant habit:herb


Attached is a picture of Curcuma pseudomontana captured at MNP in April 2014.
Requested to please validate the ID.




Attached are pictures of Curcuma pseudomontana captured at Lohagad in August 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Another very good upload, thanks …


Attachments (1).
Curcuma pseudomontana Western ghats

I’m not sure about the id of this one. Shouldn’t the flower be pure yellow in C. pseudomontana?
Where exactly is the location of your photo?

It is a young plant with only dark bracts I suppose the conventional flowers will probably emerge. I could not locate the full bloomed ones for the episode so just added this photograph. I understand that it is not the classic one but I am sure it is somewhere from western ghats only where it grows.

Requesting to please ID this Curcuma species captured at Rajgad near Pune in Sep 2014. Is this C. inodora?

It may be Curcuma pseudomontana. Need flower details such as anther for confirmation.

Thank you … for the possible ID…. Curcumas are rather confusing…

Unfortunately, I have no other pic..


Curcuma pseudomontana—-for sharing and validation : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

pic taken at Aambyvalley rd., lonavala, pune in july14.

love the picture

don’t know enough to validate though

Curcuma pseudomontana—for sharing : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Pic taken at Aambyvalley Rd., Lonavala, Pune in july15.



Curcuma pseudomontana—for sharing : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Pic taken at Aambyvalley Rd.,Lonavala,Pune in july15.





GRAM 2016 Curcuma? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Is it possible to ID Curcuma species with just the inflorescence? 
Pictures taken at Kasara, Maharashtra in July 2016

It may be Curcuma pseudomontana. Need the leaf nature also.



Beautiful flower in Western Ghats, Baba Budangiri range : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
I saw this flower in the montane grasslands in the Western Ghats, 2 days back (5.5.17). It was very abundant, with hundreds. Need help in identification.

It’s very beautiful. It’s a Curcuma for sure.

Species can be pseudomontana, not very sure.
We have … here is the experts, he may focus further.

at Hedwi in the monsoon of 2006; 4-6 july 2008- Amboli hill station in Konkan; at Aajara, near Amboli, Dist.- Kolhapur, Maharashtra on 30th May 2009; 6/7/08 & 15/8/09; Uppupara area of Periyar on 10-5-2009; near Amby Valley, Lonavala- 02 OCT 09; Manipur; Bandipur , Gopala Swamy Temple- Reserve- 11.5.10; at Yeoor, near Thane; in Pattambi, Kerala- June’10?; Ran Halad (Wild Turmeric) – indiantreepix | Google Groups id flower – Girnar Gujarat – indiantreepix | Google Groups  Which Curcuma… – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Flora of Manipur: Curcuma montana – efloraofindia | Google Groups Pattern on Curcuma pseudomontana leaves. – indiantreepix | Google Groups curcuma sp from Periyar – indiantreepix | Google Groups To share 080610 ET – efloraofindia | Google Groups Curcuma pseudomontana – efloraofindia | Google Groups Flower for ID – efloraofindia | Google Groups ¿ Curcuma pseudomontana ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups 


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