From the Arabic word kurkum for yellow, which refers to the colour of the rhizomes or the flowers of Curcuma longa.
South East Asia
Its inflorescence on the upper bract comes in pink, lilac or white. Its actual small flowers are found in the lower green bract. It has a sweet and spicy scent.
Long lasting; it can keep up to 22 days.
Curcuma is part of the ginger family with about 70 species. It is related to tumeric (Curcuma longa), which is used widely as food colouring and is a principal ingredient in curry powder.