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Aframomum angustifolium (Sonn.) K. Schum.
Protologue : Engl. Pflanzenreich, Zingib. 218 (1904)
Information on the genus : Aframomum
Basionym : Amomum angustifolium Sonn.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amomum angustifolium Sonn.
 Cardamomum angustifolium (Sonn.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Amomum sanguineum K. Schum. (1892)
=Aframomum sanguineum (K. Schum.) K. Schum. (1904)
=Aframomum baumannii K. Schum. (1904)
=*Aframomum hanburyi K. Schum. (1904)
=Aframomum sceleratum A. Chev. (1914)
=Amomum clusii D. Hanb. (1819)
=Amomum erythrocarpum Ridl. (1887)
=Cardamomum clusii (Sm.) Kuntze
=Cardamomum melegueta Kuntze
=*Marogna paludosa Salisb.
=*Aframomum madagascariense Lam.
=Zingiber melegueta Gaertn.
=*Amomum nemorosum Bojer
=Amomum sansibaricum Werth
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with extensive rhizome; scales coriaceous, red-brown; leafy shoots 1,5-4 m tall;
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Ecology : Forest and margins; moist shady places in hill savanna; forest gallery; often in pure stands at edge of stream fringing forest; open woodland; fallows; ground-water forests; seasonally dry forests near the savanna-forest boundary; 0-1829 m alt.
  Some variations in this species near A. daniellii, A. mala. – “These two species [A. angustifolium, A. daniellii] form an extremely difficult and confusing group” (vide Lock, Kew Bull. 35: 303, 1980).
  Madagascar; Mascarenes (probably introduced).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13: 136
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 100

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • TREGOLD M.H., H.M. BIEGEL & H. ASHTON (1986). Food plants of Zimbabwe: With Old and New Ways of Preparation : 33
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 35-37 (1995).
  • KLOPPER R.R., CHATELAIN C,. & AL. (2006). Checklist Flowering Plants of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sabonet report 42 : 869

Bibliography other :
  • Edinburgh J. Bot. 68: 438 (2011)
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