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  Amomum cannicarpum
 
  Family: ZINGIBERACEAE
  Citation:  Amomum cannicarpum (Wight) Benth. ex Baker in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 240. 1892; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1487(1039). 1928; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 404. 1984; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 309. 1988; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 466. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 497. 1990; Sabu, Taxonomic Phylogenetic Stud. Zingiberac. 136. 1991; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 27. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 458. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 335. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 445. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 341. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 706. 2002; Sabu, Zingiberaceae and Costaceae of South India 81. 2006; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 859. 2009. Elettaria cannicarpa Wight, Ic. t. 2007. 1853.
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  Description: Leafy stem 2-3 m high, erect, straight, loosely clumped; rootstock horizontal, much branched, reddish outside, light pink inside. Leaves 50 x 8 cm, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, nearly sessile, lower leaves smaller; ligule 1 cm long, orbicular, reddish. Spike 1-few, to 16 cm long, obovoid; peduncles covered with imbricating bracts; basal empty bracts 3.5 cm long, ovate, obtuse, formed into sheath at base, reddish brown; bracteoles 2 cm long, tubular. Flowers one or two in a bract; calyx lobes obtuse; corolla lobes equal, 2 x 1 cm, obtuse, glabrous. Capsule 1.5 cm across, dark brown.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-May
  District(s): Palakkad, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kollam, Idukki, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 700-1200
  Localities: Sholayar, Charuppara, Sabarimala, Parambikulam, Punnamala, Chandanathode, Chemungi, Bonaccord, Athirumala
   
 
   
 
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