African Plant Database

Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K. Schum.
Protologue : Engl. Pflanzenreich, Zingib. 204
Information on the genus : Aframomum
Basionym : Amomum melegueta Roscoe
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amomum melegueta Roscoe (1862)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aframomum meleguetella K. Schum. (1904)
=Alexis grandiflora (Sm.) Salisb. (1812)
=Cardamomum grandiflorum (Sm.) Kuntze
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb with a short rhizome; leafy shoots 1-2 m tall forming loose clumps; leaves subsessile,
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Ecology : Forest, forest margins and clearings.
  Widely cultivated in W. Africa, and also in S. America. In Ghana at least rarely found in the wild; it has an ancient history of cultivation; Used as flavouring in food, brewing and medicines.
  S. Tomé, Príncipe.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 35-37
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 870 (2006).
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Record n°20153 modified 2005-01-19
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