This illustration of Curcuma arracanensis (Zingiberaceae) was drawn from living plants in the Botany Research Greenhouse when the plants were in flower at the end of August 2006. Tangerini initially drew the plant habit and then flowers and dissections in a couple of days working in the Greenhouse but returned in September to draw the tuberous rhizome to complete all of the figures needed for the publication (Gowda et al., 2012. PhytoKeys 13: 5-14.). Leslie Brothers supplied close up photographs to supplement the sketches since the final ink drawing was done in Tangerini’s office. Having the live plant was necessary to show details of the flowers and their spatial positions which are usually lost in pressed material. The leaf and inflorescence attitude of the live plant habit enabled Tangerini to give a natural look to the drawing.