Aframomum alboviolaceum (Ridl.) K. Schum.

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Aframomum alboviolaceum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Yafira Village, Lomami River, Oriental, DR Congo. © Botanic Garden Meise

Aframomum alboviolaceum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Yafira Village, Lomami River, Oriental, DR Congo. © Botanic Garden Meise

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Synonyms: Aframomum biauriculatum K. Schum.
Aframomum candidum Gagnep.
Amomum alboviolaceum Ridl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, growing from an extensive underground rhizome, c. 8 mm in diameter. Leafy shoots up to 1.5 m tall. Flowers pale mauve to almost white, with a yellow patch at the base of the lip. Fruit ovoid, up to 10 cm long, beaked with the remains of the calyx tube.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: alboviolaceum: whitish-purple.
Habitat: In moist woodland or wooded grassland, usually near the margins with forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa as far as Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp
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Content last updated: Saturday 29 September 2012

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 142.

Lock, J.M. (1985). Zingiberaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 34 - 35.

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 137 - 139. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 138.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aframomum alboviolaceum., retrieved 16 June 2024

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