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  Kaempferia rotunda L.
  Family Name : Zingiberaceae

  Synonyms : Kaempferia bhucampac, Kaempferia longa, Kaempferia versicolor

  Common Names : Bhui-champha, Resurrection Lily, Blackhorm

  Chinese Name : 海南三七

Bhui-champha,Resurrection Lily,Blackhorm
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Monsoon Forest; Grassland / Savannah/ Scrubland)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Perennial herb.
      Roots: Small, tuber-like roots form off the underground stem, known as a rhizome.
      Foliage: The erect leaves are broad-lanceolate, measuring around 17-27 cm long. The upper side of the leaf is light-green, and dark-green along the mid-rib. The under side of the leaf is purplish.
      Stems: This plant does not have a true stem aboveground. The underground stem, known as a rhizome, produces leaves with long stalks and also the flowering stem.
      Flowers: Its flower arises from the underground rhizome, white with two purple lower lobes. The flowering stem is produced when the plant is leafless.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice: The rhizome and young leaves are used as a spice to add flavour to food. However, care must be taken to avoid consuming excessive amounts of rhizome juice which can cause vomiting and salivation.)
      Medicinal (The rhizome juice is used to treat throat problems, but the juice can cause vomiting and much salivation. Always consult your doctor before trying to use a plant medicinally. In India, the rhizome is dried, crushed into a powder and applied as a poultice to patients with mumps. The rhizome poultice is thought to promote the formation of pus. A study by Mohanty et al. (2008) showed that the rhizome has strong antioxidant activity which can neutralize the disease-inducing effects of harmful free radicals.  )
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Container Planting
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Storage Organ
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Drought / Semi-Deciduous
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Green - Light Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Purple, White
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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