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Curcuma roscoeana (jewel of Burma)

A popularly cultivated Curcuma, with beautiful, bright orange or yellow flowers, jewel of Burma is a member of the ginger family and an important Thai export.
Red flower of jewel of Burma

Curcuma roscoeana in the wild (Photo: Meneerke Bloem licensed under CC by 2.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Curcuma roscoeana Wall.

Common name: 

jewel of Burma, orange hidden ginger, Burmese hidden lily (English); kha min daeng (Thai); marlan-ni (Burmese)

Conservation status: 

Least Concern according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Forest.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

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

About this species

Curcuma roscoeana is a rhizomatous, perennial herb. Its bright colours make it valued as a pot plant and cut flower. It is cultivated worldwide and is one of the most popular gingers (members of the Zingiberaceae family) in cultivation. The genus Curcuma also includes turmeric (Curcuma longa), the rhizomes of which are the source of a bright yellow spice (an important constituent of curry powder) and dye.

Synonym: 

Hitchenia roscoeana, Hitcheniopsis roscoeana, Curcuma kurzii

Genus: 
Curcuma

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