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Curcuma inodora (scentless turmeric)

An attractive, perennial herb from India, scentless turmeric is cultivated as an ornamental and also used in traditional medicine.
Curcuma inodora (scentless turmeric) flower

Curcuma indoor in Narsapur, Medak district, Andhra Pradesh, India. (Photo: J. M. Garg, licensed under CC by 3.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Curcuma inodora Blatt.

Common name: 

scentless turmeric, hidden lily

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Tropical moist deciduous forest.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, medicine.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Zingiberales
Family: 
Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma

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.

Synonym: 

Curcuma purpurea Blatt.

Genus: 
Curcuma

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