Botanical name: Curcuma bhatii Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Paracautleya bhatii
Udipi Turmeric is a threatened plant species. It is the smallest southern Indian ginger family plant with a height of 12-15 cm, having short rhizomes. Leaves are narrow, long, arising from the base. Flowers are borne on a spike atop a leafless flowering stem. Flowers are yellow, with green leaf-like bracts. It grows in the crevices of laterite rocks. It is found in a few scattered populations in Udupi District, Karnataka State, which is its type locality.
Identification credit: Shivaprakash Nedle
The flower labeled Udipi Turmeric is ...