Leaf blades narrowly ovate or elliptical, 45–67 × 15–22 cm. Inflorescences erect, 11–23 × 5–10 cm; bracts of main axis whitish proximally, green (proximal bracts) or pink (distal bracts) distally; proximal bracts ovate to rectangular, deeply saccate, 4–4.5 × 4 cm, apex obtuse or truncate-apiculate; distal bracts narrowly ovate, 8–9 × 4–4.5 cm, apex rounded. Flowers: perianth white or spotted with purple; staminodes pale yellow with yellow streak down center of lip.
Phenology: Flowering spring (May).
Habitat: Disturbed lakeshore
Elevation: 50 m
Introduced; Fla., native, Asia (ne India).
Curcuma zedoaria is grown commercially in Asia for its starchy rhizome, which is used as a condiment or tonic.