Scientific name: Curcuma aromatica
English name: Wild turmeric Cochin turmeric
Malayalam name: Kasturimanjal
Location: Vellarakkad Thrissur
Conservation status: Threatened as per IUCN Red List
Habit: Perennial herb
Features: Monocotyledonous with pseudostem., Rhizome underground aromatic with orange-yellow inside., Inflorescence spike with purple crown and yellowish-green bracts., Flower brownish yellow color., Inflorescence usually appears from the rhizome before the leaves are produced.
Significance: Medicinal herb with antibiotic properties
Text and Illustration: Rashmi K. A.