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Curcuma pseudomontana

Zingiberaceae (ginger family) » Curcuma pseudomontana


commonly known as: wild turmeric

Malayalam: kattu manjal • Marathi: रानहळद raan halada, शिंदळवान shindalavana or शिंदळवानी shindalavani • Tamil: kattu manjal • Telugu: అడవి పసుపు adavi pasupu



The Latin name Curcuma is derived from the Arabic word kurkum, which actually meant Saffron in olden times. Presently, used for Turmeric, C. longa, only. Biblic Hebrew word karkom also means saffron.


Saffron and Turmeric were the most popular yellow dye-yielding plants in the ancient world, commercially important for dying clothes, fibres, food. Turmeric is popularly known as Indian Saffron in many vernacular languages.



Blogged at: Slice of the Day by Vasant M. Salian

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Taken on July 22, 2007