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Curcuma petiolata  Roxb.


Botanical Name


Curcuma petiolata Roxb.

English Name


Hidden ginger, Hidden lily, Queenlily ginger, Jewel of Thailand, Pastel hidden ginger.





General Info


A herb with rhizome not elongated, forming a compact mass, outside sallow-yellow, inside pale yellow. Leaf sheaths 20-30 cm long, blades broadly elliptical-ovate to elliptical-lanceolate, 15-65 cm x 6-30 cm, green. Inflorescence terminal on a leafy shoot, bracts greenish with violet streaks to entirely violet, coma bracts dark red to purplish; corolla 3-3.5 cm long, white with yellow or pink tips. Labellum 13-17 mm x 15-17 mm, pale orange, other staminodes straight, pale orange, anther with short spurs.

Herb Effects

Anti diarrheal, anti-emetic and antipyretic (rhizome)


Thai Herbs & Spices
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Rhizomes are used in the treatment of anorexia, puerperal fever and colic, and externally used as astringent for wounds.



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