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Curcuma parviflora


Curcuma parviflora Wall.

Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Common Name: Theap Rum Ruk


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Myanmar to northern Peninsular Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Curcrma parvilfora is a perennial herbaceous plant.
Foliage Its long-stalked, green leaves are elliptic to oblong-lanceolate.
Flowers Its inflorescence is erect, emerge between the leaves and is made up of many bracts. The upper bracts are white, whereas the lower bracts are green. The purplish flowers occur from the bracts.
Etymology The genus name Curcuma is derived from the Arabic “kurkum” or “kunkuma” for turmeric or its saffron-like colour.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Flowers, Edible Stems)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White, Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 610
Species ID 1905
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.