Curcuma cordata Wall.
Curcuma petiolaris auct.
Curcuma petiolata is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a pseudostem up to 1 metre tall from a short rhizome that forms a compact mass. Each pseudostem comprises several leaves, the blades of which can be 15 - 65cm long and 6 - 30cm wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia (Java)
Naturalized in teak forest, upland fields, near bamboo stools and in other shaded places; at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
Plants in this genus generaly prefer a humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade[
Rthe rhizomes are used in the treatment of anorexia, puerperal fever and colic[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. Germinates best at temperatures around 20°c[
Division of the rhizome when the plant is dormant.
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