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The stunning pale blue flowers of the Turkish Crocus baytopiorum make it one of the most distinctive Crocus species.
The corms of Sieber's crocus are edible, apparently tasting of hazelnuts, and are eaten raw by mountain shepherds in Greece.
A vine native to Mexico and the USA, Cucurbita pepo has been domesticated for thousands of years and is the source of an astonishing variety of cultivated forms, including Halloween pumpkins, courgettes (zucchini)...
A tall herb from southwestern India, Indian arrowroot is cultivated for its tubers, which are an important source of starch in times of food scarcity.
An attractive, perennial herb from India, scentless turmeric is cultivated as an ornamental and also used in traditional medicine.
Hill turmeric is an Indian herb used in local and tribal medicine and as a source of arrowroot starch.
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.
Clover dodder is one of the most rapidly growing parasitic plants.
A botanical curiosity, Cylindrocline lorencei was considered extinct in the wild in 1990, but has recently been reintroduced to Mauritius.
The tree cholla is a cactus closely related to the prickly pear (Opuntia) and is equally spiny.