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Boesenbergia rotunda (fingerroot)

Fingerroot is a medicinal and culinary herb, with bright yellow, finger-shaped rhizomes.
fingerroot rhizomes

Roots of Boesenbergia rotunda

Species information

Scientific name: 

Boesenbergia rotunda (L.) Mansf.

Common name: 

fingerroot, Chinese ginger, Chinese key

Conservation status: 

Least Concern according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Mixed deciduous and evergreen forest; and on limestone hills.

Key Uses: 

Edible rhizomes, roots and young shoots, medicine, ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Zingiberaceae
Family: 
Zingiberaceae
Genus: Boesenbergia

About this species

Boesenbergia rotunda is a herb in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Its rhizomes are often shaped like a bunch of fingers, hence its common English name fingerroot. It is used in Thai cuisine, by the name krachai, and is also commonly called Chinese ginger, although it is not in the same genus as true ginger (Zingiber officinale).

Synonym: 

Curcuma rotunda, Gastrochilus rotundus

Genus: 
Boesenbergia

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