IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN)

Curcuma caulina J. Graham, Cat. pl. Bombay 210. 1839 (Syn. (≡) Hitchenia caulina (J. Graham) Baker); 

 
¿ hitch-YEN-ee-uh ? — perhaps named for Thomas Hitchen, Esquire of Norwich
¿ kaw-LEE-nuh ? — perhaps referring to the flowers borne on the stem

commonly known as: arrowroot lily, Indian arrowroot, Mahabaleshwar arrowroot • Marathi: चवर chavar, कचर kachar, सीताचवरी sitachavari

Endemic to: Western Ghats (of Maharashtra and Goa, India)
 

Tubers of this plant are used for making edible starch.      

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This one is commonly known as “Indian Arrowroot“.
Bot. name: Hitchenia caulina
Family: Zingiberaceae
Local name: Chavar.
Tubers of this plant are used for making edible starch.  

 

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Another member from Zingiberaceae found in Western ghats flowering in monsoons. 

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Hitchenia caulina: Seen this herb in plenty at “Raireshwar” plateau.

Bot. name: *Hitchenia caulina*
Family: Zingiberaceae
Common name: Indian Arrow root
Date/Time: 31-07-2011 / 09:10AM
Location: Raireshwar, Maharashtra
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Herb
  

 

 

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location:mulshi,pune. Most flora so far has been around my house situated in a 200 acres complex, a wild , wild country on the Amby Valley Road, after Lion’s Point, Nature Complex, next to Fantasy Resort. I shall be delighted if any of you wish to explore this place anytime. I have mentioned my mobile no. below. Please let me know.
plant habit:..?
Height: About 3-4 ft.


I cant to predict from your image.
Most probably this is Hitchenia caulina an endemic ginger species to Maharashtra.
Or Any Hedychium species
For confirmation need more flowering and habit photo.


 

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KAS Week DS_021012_01 Hitchenia caulina: Indian Arrowroot at Kas — looks beautiful over widespread grassland.


 

 

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Kas Week :: DV :: 25 AUG 10 – 1253 :: Hitchenia caulina:  Kas plateauabout 4000 ft asl
… one of the 39 World Heritage sites in the Western Ghats of India
 
25 AUG 10
Hitchenia caulina (J.Graham) Baker … (family: Zingiberaceae) 
¿ hitch-YEN-ee-uh ? — perhaps named for Thomas Hitchen, Esquire of Norwich
¿ kaw-LEE-nuh ? — perhaps referring to the flowers borne on the stem

commonly known as: arrowroot lily, Indian arrowroot, Mahabaleshwar arrowroot • Marathi: चवर chavar, कचर kachar, सीताचवरी sitachavari
Endemic to: Western Ghats (of Maharashtra and Goa, India)
References: Flowers of IndiaNPGS / GRINGazetteers Dept.cd3wdFlowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant  

Nice photographs of Indian-Arrow Root.
In most of the villages when villagers say “Aarrarrot“, i think they mean Arrow-Root. Its rich in starch.
One can spot thousands of them at “Raireshwar”.


In my mother-tongue, Konkani (Mangalore) too, we say it something like this: RRroot !!


 

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KAS Week::(Hitchenia caulina 02/10/2012-NJ):  Hitchenia caulinaIndian arrowroot (Chavar in Marathi)


Hitchenia caulina
Zingiberaceae

Very nice. These are in fairly large numbers. Also found in nearby areas of similar altitudes like Rayreshwar, Mahabaleshwar, etc.


is it the source of Arrowroot powder?


Nice photographs … I think the last photograph is from the stream joining Kas lake. Plants at such inaccessible locations usually survive.


Kas week : Hitchenia caulina SMP: Hitchenia caulina
Zingiberaceae



 

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Kas Week: AVD: 09th Oct 2012 :Hitchenia caulina:

Attached herewith are images of Hitchenia caulina.
Family : Zingiberaceae


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Hitchenia caulina Hitchenia caulina of family Zingiberaceae

Mahabeleshwar
Growing en mass at Kate’s point


As very kindly pointed out by … I have by mistake, posted an image of Zingiber neesanum, the yellow one

they were growing next to each other and photographed at the same time and i uploaded the wrong image

 

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Kas week:: PKA32::- Hitchenia caulina:  Hitchenia caulina (Family: Zingiberaceae).

 

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Id of flower ID24062013SH1 : Attachments (1).  5 posts by 3 authors.

Posting a photo for Id of this flower
Location – Kaas plateau
Date – 12.8.2007
Habitat – Wild 


Flower is not clear, look like Hitchenia caulina, otherwise Curcuma sp.


It is Curcuma caulina. recently transferred from Hitchenia.



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AAZ Fortnight :: Zingiberaceae :: SMP13 :: Hitchenia caulina Kas : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Hitchenia caulina at Kas and other high altitudes Western ghats


Very nice. have not seen it in the eastern plains


 

 

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Hitchenia caulina, Mahabeleshwar : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Hitchenia caulina
third week of June, 2018, Mahabeleshwar
saw three or plants in bloom

Recently transferred to Curcuma caulina 

 

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Satara, MH :: Curcuma caulina :: ARK2020-002 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- around 750 kb each. 

Curcuma caulina at Kas in Satara. MH in October 2019.
I had missed it the last time I visited this place. However, this time due to delayed rains, the flower show was on in October as well.
Apologies for the quality of the pics.


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