Thursday, 16 April 2009

What flower is this? (33a)

Well I have discovered that this flower is a Curcuma sp. (again, I can only identify genus, not species) and as I thought, is from the Ginger family (ZINGIBERACAE). Now, the interesting thing is that the spice, tumeric, is also a Cucurma species (Curcuma longa, not the same as this one). Curcuma alismatifolia (the Siam Tulip) and Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary) are also used as spices. I wonder what would happen if I boiled the rhizomes (roots) of my Curcuma for hours and then dried them in the oven. Worth considering... We'd probably all end up in hospital, poisoned!

I wonder what other interesting plants are lying around...

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