Kasthurimanjal or Wild Turmeric

Kasthurimanjal is one of the two main types of turmeric found in India. Also known by the names Wild Turmeric or Musk Turmeric, it is popular for its aroma and therapeutic purposes. Its scientific name is Curcuma aromatica and it belong to the ginger family – Zingiberaceae.

When people generally speak of turmeric, it usually refers to Curcuma longa. It is more commonly cultivated throughout India.

Kasthurimanjal or Wild Turmeric
Flowers of Kasthurimanjal – Photo from Kerala

Quick Facts

Plant Type: Perennial Herb
Family: Zingiberaceae
Scientific name: Curcuma aromatica

Height: nearly 1 meter
Flowers: Pink color, flowers during April & May

Common Names:
English: Wild Turmeric
Malayalam: Kasthurimanjal, Kattumanjal
Sanskrit: Vana Haridra, Karpura Haridra

Distribution: Native to India, South Asia

Appearance

C.aromatica has some key characteristics which distinguish it from C.longa. the former flowers during the months of April and May while the other during August.

Wild Turmeric has very long leaves with the plant growing to an overall height of about 1 meter. The oblong leaves have pointed tips and long petioles.

The flowers are pink with several lobes. They stand tall during the season which itself is a pleasing sight. There are numerous yellow bracts around it.

In contrast, C.longa has simpler flowers usually with light green lobes.

Propagation & Cultivation

Due to its economic importance, wild turmeric is widely cultivated in India and other parts of South Asia.

Just like other herbs in the ginger family, propagation is by means of rhizomes.

Photos of Wild Turmeric

 
 
 
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25 thoughts on “Kasthurimanjal or Wild Turmeric

  1. Znam kurkumę jako przyprawę, ale kwiatu nie widziałam, a jest piękny. Pozdrawiam.
    I know turmeric as a spice, but I have not seen a flower, and it is beautiful. Yours.

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