Rusty Wild Turmeric
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Rusty Wild Turmeric
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Rusty Wild Turmeric
Botanical name: Curcuma ferruginea    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Rusty Wild Turmeric is a large herb with large rootstock bearing pale yellow stalkless tubers, which are fragrant inside. Leaves are quite large, clustered, with a faint red-brown tinge down the centre of upper surface, elsewhere bright green, 1-1.5 m long, 4-12 cm broad; leaf-sheath and sheath of pseudostem red or rusty-red. Flowers are borne in a lateral spike apart from the earlier formed leaves, 20-25 cm long. Bracts of coma are bright red; fertile bracts all tinged with rusty-red. Flowers are longer than bracts, petals red. Lip is about 1.5 cm in diameter, obscurely notched. Rusty Wild Turmeric is found in India to Burma. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: M. Sabu Photographed in Soureni, Mirik, West Bengal.

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