Kattu inji koova
This perennial wild ginger grows in moist places in the forests of Asian continent. The Rhizome is yellow inside, edible, and tuberous. The pseudo stems are 1m tall.
Leaves are arranged oppositely along the stem, the blade is oblong or elliptical, 15cm- 3cm to 40cm-10cm, narrowed at the base, and acuminate or acute at the apex.
Separate stalks grow out of the ground with green cone-shaped bracts that resemble pinecones these bracts are about 6cmX3.5 cm to 15 cm X 5cm in seize. The green cone turns red/ yellow over a couple of weeks and then small creamy yellow flowers appear on the cone.
This plant is used to treat indigestion, cure fatigue, to treat convulsion and constipation and to break fever.
It is reported that, the rhizome is having anti-inflammatory properties, suppresses free radical generation.
It is also reported that it is effective in the treatment of leukemia and tumours.