Kaempferia galanga L., Sp. Pl. 3 1753. (Syn: Alpinia sessilis J.König; Kaempferia galanga var. latifolia (Donn ex Hornem.) Donn; Kaempferia humilis Salisb.; Kaempferia latifolia Donn ex Hornem.; Kaempferia plantaginifolia Salisb.; Kaempferia procumbens Noronha; Kaempferia rotunda Blanco [Illegitimate]);
Common name: Aromatic Ginger, Resurrection lily, Lesser galangal, Sand ginger • Hindi: चँद्रमूला Chandramula, Sidhoul • Marathi: कचरी Kachri, कपूर कचरी Kapur kachri • Tamil: கசோலம் Kacholum, Pulankilanku • Malayalam: Kachhuram, Katjulam • Kannada: Kachchura, Kachhoora • Bengali: ekangi, bhui champa • Assamese: চংদ্ৰমূলা Chandramula • Sanskrit: चँद्रमूलिका Chandramoolika, corakah, karcurah, Sathi, Sati, सुगंधमूला Sugandhamula
It is found primarily in open areas in Indonesia, southern China, Taiwan, Cambodia and India, but is also widely cultivated throughout Southeast Asia.
The plant is used as a herb in cooking in Indonesia, where it is called kencur, and especially in Javanese cuisine and Balinese cuisine. Beras kencur, which combines dried K. galanga powder with rice flour, is a particularly popular jamu herbal drink used to treat rheumatism and abdominal pain. Its leaves are also used in the Malay rice dish, nasi ulam.
Unlike the similar Boesenbergia rotunda (Thai กระชาย krachai), K. galanga is not commonly used in Thai cuisine, but can be bought as a dried rhizome or in powder form at herbal medicine stalls. It is known in Thai as proh horm (เปราะหอม) or waan horm (ว่านหอม). It is also used in Chinese cooking and Chinese medicine, and is sold in Chinese groceries under the name sha jiang (Chinese: 沙姜; pinyin: shajiang), while the plant itself is referred to as shan nai (Chinese: 山柰; pinyin: shannai). Kaempferia galanga has a peppery camphorous taste.
K. galanga is differentiated from other galangals by the absence of stem and dark brown, rounded rhizomes, while the other varieties all have stems and pale rosebrown rhizomes. It is also sometimes called Lesser galangal, which properly refers to Alpinia officinarum. K. galanga is also erroneously called zedoary.
(From Wikipedia on 30.8.13)
Region- Malappuram dist, Kerala State
habitat – cultivated
malayalam – kacholam / kachooram
common name – resurrection lilly
habit – smooth stemless shrub
leaves – horizontally spreading, broadly ovate
flower – with lanceolate bracts, slender corolla tube,2-3 cm long, with a lip cleft in the middle
rhizome- aromatic with fibrous cylindrical roots
MNP, Apr 2014 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: 18JUL14 :: ARK-17 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Requesting to please ID this plant captured in MNP, Mumbai in Apr 2014.
Kaempferia galanga L. [Zingiberaceae].
Thank you … for the ID…. When does it flower?
Usually flowers in these monsoon months. It is also a good container plant and is flowering at the moment in a friend’s balcony garden in Mumbai.
Thanks … for the info…I will try to visit MNP to check for any flowers….
Fwd: Kaempferia galanga from Kerala : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Kaempferia galanga photo taken from Kerala. It is a good medicinal plant for a variety of ayurvedic formulations
Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: August 1 to 14, 2014 : Zingiberaceae : Kaempferia galanga : Mumbai : 140814 : AK-32 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Seen at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai in August, 2012.
Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight :: Zingiberaceae :: Kaempferia galanga from MNP :: ARKAUG-46 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
Attached are pictures of Kaempferia galanga captured at MNP in April and August 2014.
AAZ Fortnight :: Zingiberaceae :: SMP12 :: Kaempferia galanga Dive agar : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Dive agar. Konkan
Beautiful pictures of the flower.
Have posted the plant, yet to see the flowers.