Curcuma inodora (scentless turmeric)
Curcuma indoor in Narsapur, Medak district, Andhra Pradesh, India. (Photo: J. M. Garg, licensed under CC by 3.0)
Curcuma inodora Blatt.
scentless turmeric, hidden lily
Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Tropical moist deciduous forest.
About this species
Scentless turmeric is a perennial herb found only in India, where it is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of muscular pain, psychosomatic disorders and constipation.
A genus within the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), Curcuma contains nearly 100 species, including turmeric (Curcuma longa), the underground stems of which are the source of the bright yellow spice. The name Curcuma comes from the Arabic kurkum meaning turmeric.
Curcuma purpurea Blatt.