|Plant of the Month|
|Curcuma longa L.|
Curcuma longa is a perennial plant with roots or tubers oblong-palmate, and deep orange inside. Leaves about 2 feet long, lanceolate, long, petioled, tapering at each end, smooth, of a uniform green. Flowers are dull yellow, three or five together surrounded by bracteolae. It is propagated by cuttings from the root. In fresh state, the roots have an aromatic and spicy fragrance, which by drying gives way to a more medicinal aroma.
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