Curcuma purpurascens is a herbaceous perennial plant producing pseudostems up to 1 metres tall from a branched rhizome. Each pseudostem is comprised of several leaves, the blades of which can be 55 - 70cm long and 19 - 23cm wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is cultivated for its rhizome at elevations up to 1,000 metres in Indonesia[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Java to Bali).
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Plants in this genus generaly prefer a humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade[
The main tubers contain extractable starch[
The tender central parts of the shoots and young rhizomes are eaten fresh or cooked as 'lalab'[
The rhizomes are used as a remedy for cough[
Applied externally in combination with Alyxia stellata, the rhizome is used as a poultice after childbirth[
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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