Curcuma petiolata

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Curcuma petiolata
Plantae Asiaticae Rariores - plate 010 - Curcuma cordata.jpg
Illustration from Plantae Asiaticae Rariores
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Curcuma
Species: C. petiolata
Binomial name
Curcuma petiolata
Synonyms [1][2]
  • Curcuma cordifolia Roxb. (nom. nud.)
  • Curcuma cordata Wall.

Curcuma petiolata (also known as jewel of Thailand,[2] Siam tulip, hidden ginger,[2] pastel hidden ginger,[2] hidden lily[2] or queen lily[3]) is a plant of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family.

It is native to Thailand and Malaysia.[3][4]

Average height 2–3 feet (60–90 cm).[3][5] Flowers cone-shaped, golden-yellow, pink, white or purple.[3][4][5][6] Blooms June–August.[3] Fertile bracts green, coma bracts pinkish white.[3] Leaves glossy with raised veins, 14 inches (36 cm) long, 5 in (13 cm) wide.[3] Petioles 4–6 in (10–15 cm) long.[3]

Pests include mealybugs.[6]

It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for its beautiful flowers.[5] 'Emperor' selection is grown for its attractive variegated foliage as well as its flowers.[3][4]

Synonyms include Curcuma cordata Wall.[2] and the nomen nudum Curcuma cordifolia Roxb.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jana Leong-Škorničková; Otakar Šída; Karol Marhold (2010). "Back to types! Towards stability of names in Indian Curcuma L. (Zingiberaceae)" (PDF). Taxon. 59 (1): 269–282. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - Sorting Curcuma names". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Llamas, Kirsten Albrecht (2003). Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation. Timber Press. p. 367. ISBN 978-0-88192-585-2. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Curcuma". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Maria del Pilar Paz; Jeff S. Kuehny; Richard A. Criley. "Ornamental Gingers as Flowering Potted Plants" (PDF). Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Latin Name: Curcuma petiolata". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 

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