The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay team has recently received news that a new species of plant has been officially recognised and named after the resort: Six Senses Turmeric.
“This discovery helps create more awareness about the rich biodiversity of the peninsula and plays an important role in its safeguarding and conservation,” said Emmy Nguyen Thi Thuy, Regional Director of Sustainability of Six Senses.
Andrew Whiffen, General Manager of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, was the first person to spot the plant.
“In August 2020, while hiking with guests, I came across a small white flower right in the middle of the trail,” recalled Whiffen. “It looked unusual, and I had never come across it before. Over the next few months, we found more of these flowers in the same area, so I took photos and shared them with the Green Viêt team. By fall 2021, the flower had returned in even greater numbers.”
Six Senses Turmeric (Curcuma sixsensesensis) is a unique flower of the Ginger family (Zingibereae) that flourishes in unprotected forest areas. As its habitat faces threats from human activities, scientists are petitioning for it to be included in the List of Endangered Plant Species at the Global Level.
Standing 30 to 40 centimetres tall with short, thin downward-facing branches, the plant flaunts a light-brown exterior contrasted by a cream-white to pale yellow interior. There are one to three leafy shoots per plant, with two to five leaves growing simultaneously or shortly after flowering.
From now on, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay guests can catch a glimpse of the newly discovered plant.