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Pakistan | Family List | Zingiberaceae | Curcuma

1. Curcuma angustifolia Roxb. in Asiat. Res. 11:338. t. 3. 1810. Royle, Ill. Himal. 357, 359. 1839; Baker in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6:210.1890; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 66. 1972.


Up to 1.5 m. Leaves long petiolate, lamina c. 30 cm, lanceolate. Inflorescence borne separately from and often before the leaves. Fertile bracts green, 2-3 cm long, ovate; coma bracts pink. Flowers yellow. Fruit red. Seed black.

Fl. Per.: July-August.

Type: Cult. Bot. Gard. Calcutta, Coll. Colebrooke, R. Sone to Nagpur. No specimen known.

Distribution: Himalayan region: from Kumoan to Nepal, from 900-1210 m.

Cultivated to a small extent in Pakistan; the powdered rhizomes give the East Indian Arrowroot, which is used as a demulcent.


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