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Curcuma rubrobracteata


Curcuma rubrobracteata Škornickova, M. Sabu & Prasanthkumar

Family Name: Zingiberaceae
Synonyms: Curcuma 'Red Fireball' (hort.), Curcuma 'Fire' (hort.), Curcuma flaviflora (misappplied)


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby


Native Distribution India (Assam), China (Southwest Yunan), Myanmar, Thailand
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a rhizomatous herb growing up to 1.5m tall.
Foliage The leaf blades are green, elliptic-lanceolate, measuring 35-60 cm long.
Flowers The inflorescence occurs at the base of the pseudostem, about 10 cm long, consisted of red bracts and bright yellow flowers.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Raised / Sunken Veins
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Venation Parallel
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Acaulescent
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)
Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground (Rhizome)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

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Master ID 613
Species ID 1908
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Species record last updated on: 23 February 2022.