Curcuma sparganiifolia Gagnep., Bull. Soc. Bot. France 49: 260 1903. (Syn: Hitcheniopsis sparganiifolia (Gagnep.) Loes.);
Recorded from Thailand, Cambodia; may also occur in Lao PDR. A collection from Viet Nam is uncertain. The extent of occurrence has been estimated at 85,000 km² but the area of occupancy is estimated to be less than 2,000 km². It occurs at more than 10 locations.
Grows in fairly open deciduous forest or pine forest, about 150 to 700 m asl (Maknoi 2006; J. Leong-Skornickova pers. obs.).
Wild populations are exploited to gather new phenotypes for the horticultural market. Rhizomes are sold both locally as well as on major flower markets in the region and being sent abroad. Over-collecting in the wild poses a threat to the wild populations of this species.
Over-collection of rhizomes from the wild is the main threat.
Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae: Curcuma sparganifolia : 2 posts by 2 authors.
Curcuma sparganifolia, an ornamental ginger widely used as cutflower