Nilgiri Turmeric
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Nilgiri Turmeric
ative Photo: Venugopalan Cheriyaveettil
Common name: Nilgiri Turmeric • Malayalam: Koova, Kattumanjal, Vellakkuva
Botanical name: Curcuma neilgherrensis    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Nilgiri Turmeric is a dwarf plant with rootstock smallm white inside. Leaves are lanceshaped, pale green, shortly stalked. Leaves with stalks are a foot or longer. Blade is hairless, narrowed at both ends. Flower spiked are 5-10 cm long, 3-5 cm in diameter. Flowering bracts are pale yellowish green. Bracts of coma are pink. 2.5-3.5 cm. Flowers are about 2.5 cm across. Petals are pale, ovate, lip circular, deflexed, notched. Nilgiri Turmeric is found in Western Ghats - Konkan region, Nilgiris.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, Jui Pethe Photographed at Anshi Ghat, Karnataka.

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