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Canna edulis green leaf form and flowers. Occasionally, these green leaf forms are also found with crimson  flowers

Canna edulis bronze leaf form. Leaves have a pronounced bronze colour along the edge and the stems are deep brown.

 

Canna edulis

Impressive, stately plants planted in villages as a minor crop. The plants grow to about 6ft and more tall with their leaves evenly spread out on the stem giving it a very neat, orderly appearance. These plants are deciduous in winter. In the Darjeeling and  Sikkim  Himalayan region it is known as Phool-tarool (phool-ta-rool) and literally translates into flower-yam (phool=flower and tarool=general term for tuberous roots of various edible yams)

People grow a green leaf form and a bronze leaf form. The bronze leaf form has orange/crimson flowers and the green leaf form has yellow flowers. Both bloom in summer.

Ethnobotany: These plants are grown in villages and small plots around homes. The stems and leaves are cut and cooked with corn meal and oil cakes as feed for cattle. In winter  the  mature  rhizomes are harvested and used by villagers as a food. Only in the remote villages is it still used for human consumption. Mostly the rhizomes are cultivated for feeding pigs and cows. Boiled rhizomes are sweet. Used in villages for fermenting and making a liquor. Also distilled into a potent spirit

 

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