Curcuma decipiens Dalzell, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 2: 144 1850.;
.
KER-koo-muh — from the Arabic kurkum, meaning saffronDave’s Botanary
de-SIP-ee-enz — deceptive, false … Dave’s Botanary
.
commonly known as: deceptive curcumaHindi: जंगली हलदी jangli haldi, वन हलदी van haldiMalayalam: കുഴിക്കൂവ kuzhikkoovaMarathi: जांभळी रानहळद jambhali ranhalad
.
Endemic to: southern peninsula of India
.

Rhizomatous herbs, rhizome 3-5 x 2 cm, ovoid-conical, pale yellow-white; roots fleshy, root-tubers 2.5-3 x 2 cm, ovoid, white inside. Leafy shoots 30-60 cm long. Leaves distichous, 2-4, lamina 10-30 x 5-15, broadly ovate, base slightly cordate, tip deltoid with a small cusp, glabrous; petiole equal to the lamina; ligule short, 1-2 mm long. Inflorescence both lateral and central; peduncle 6-10 cm long; spike 4-6 x 2-3 cm. Coma bracts many, c. 5 x 1 cm, lower green with purple tip, upper deep purple-pink. Fertile bracts upto 4 x 3 cm, tip broad, rounded, recurved, green with purple-pink tips, minutely pubescent on the outer surface, lower half fused; bracteoles small, outer 8 x 4 mm, inner 4 x 3 mm, triangular, light pink or white with pink spots, pubescent. Flowers 4.5 cm long, 1 or 2 in each bract. Calyx 1-1.2 cm long, truncate, tip shortly 3-lobed, white with pink spots, minutely pubescent. Corolla tube 2 cm long, funnel-shaped, deep purple; lobes unequal, deep purple; dorsal lobe 1.5 x 1.3-1.5 cm, apiculate; lateral lobes 1.3 x 0.7 cm, ovate-oblong. Labellum 1.5 x 1.5 cm, tip slightly 3-lobed, midlobe emarginate, purple towards base, glandular hairs on inner side. Lateral staminodes 1.5 x 0.8 cm, oblong, yellow, purple towards the base. Anther-thecae parallel, 4 mm long, yellow, spurred; spurs small, parallel, with purple spots. Epigynous glands 2, 4 mm long, linear. Ovary 3-4 mm long, trilocular, densely pubescent; style long, filiform; stigma bilipped, slightly exserted from the anther. Fruit 1 x 0.5 cm, ovoid, hairy; seeds many, 5 x 2 mm, oblong, brown with a white spot at the tip, aril white, lacerate. Flowering and fruiting: April-October

Exposed laterite soil and rocky hill slopes
Peninsular India (Endemic)
via Species‎ > ‎C‎ > ‎ Curcuma decipiens Dalzell … family: Zingiberaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
KER-koo-muh — from the Arabic kurkum, meaning saffronDave’s Botanary
de-SIP-ee-enz — deceptive, false … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: deceptive curcumaHindi: जंगली हलदी jangli haldi, वन हलदी van haldiMalayalam: കുഴിക്കൂവ kuzhikkoovaMarathi: जांभळी रानहळद jambhali ranhalad
botanical names: Curcuma decipiens Dalzell … synonyms: no synonym known … The Plant List (2010). Version 1
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Photographed in Sindhudurg on 13 JUL 13
Many thanks to … for the ID.
… more views: ….


KER-koo-muh — from the Arabic kurkum, meaning saffron … Dave’s Botanary
de-SIP-ee-enz — deceptive, false … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: deceptive curcuma • Hindi: जंगली हलदी jangli haldi, वन हलदी van haldi • Malayalam: കുഴിക്കൂവ kuzhikuva • Marathi: जांभळी रानहळद jambhali ranhalad

botanical namesCurcuma decipiens Dalzell … synonyms: no synonyms known … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
deceptive curcuma
~~~~~ HINDI ~~~~~
जंगली हलदी jangli haldi, वन हलदी van haldi
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
കുഴിക്കൂവ kuzhikuva
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
जांभळी रानहळद jambhali ranhalad
  • Further Flowers of Sahyadri, a field guide to identify flowers of northern Western Ghats of India by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
~~~~~ x ~~~~~


/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-1-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-6-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-4-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-2-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-7-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-5-.JPG/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Curcuma%20-3-.JPG
Curcuma for ID :: Palakkad :: MK012 SEP2016 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Please help to identify this Zingiberaceae species found on moist forest floor.
Height: won’t exceed 1 feet
Leaf: up to 20 cm long
Inflorescence: up to 10cm long
Place: Palakkad Dist., Kerala
Date: July 24, 2016
Alt.: 135 m asl

Curcuma neilgherrensis ?


Curcuma decipiens.


Thanks for the lead …, but the flower colour is not yellow in C.decepiens as per GingersofIndia and also Names of Plants.


It is a highly variable species


 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.