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Useful Tropical Plants

Kaempferia angustifolia

Roscoe

Zingiberaceae

+ Synonyms

Kaempferia roxburghiana Schult.

Kaempferia undulata Link

Common Name:

Kaempferia angustifolia
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Robert Lafond
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General Information

Kaempferia angustifolia is a small perennial herb producing leaves up to 20cm long from a tuberous base.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - eastern India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia.

Habitat

Teak forests, lowland rice, and on calcareous marl, at elevations up to 150 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally prefer a position in partial shade, growing best in a moist, well-drained, fertile, humus-rich soil[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The small roots and tubers have astringent properties and are used in the treatment of coughs, dysentery and diarrhoea[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The watery main rhizome is considered cooling[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division of the rhizomes

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