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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Zingiberaceae
Subfamilia: Alpinioideae
Tribus: Alpinieae
Genus: Aframomum
Species: (55) A. albiflorum – A. alboviolaceum – A. alpinum – A. amaniense – A. angustifolium – A. arundinaceum – A. atewae – A. aulacocarpos – A. cereum – A. chrysanthum – A. citratum – A. colosseum – A. cordifolium – A. corrorima – A. daniellii – A. elegans – A. elliottii – A. exscapum – A. flavum – A. geocarpum – A. giganteum – A. kayserianum – A. laurentii – A. laxiflorum – A. leptolepis – A. letestuanum – A. limbatum – A. longiligulatum – A. longipetiolatum – A. longiscapum – A. luteoalbum – A. makandensis – A. mala – A. mannii – A. melegueta – A. mildbraedii – A. ngamikkense – A. orientale – A. pilosum – A. polyanthum – A. pruinosum – A. pseudostipulare – A. rostratum – A. sceleratum – A. sericeum – A. singulariflorum – A. spiroligulatum – A. stanfieldii – A. strobilaceum – A. subsericeum – A. sulcatum – A. thonneri – A. uniflorum – A. verrucosum – A. wuerthii – A. zambesiacum

Aframomum K.Schum. Pflanzenr. IV. 46(Heft 20): 201. (1904)
Type species: Non designatus


Schumann, K.M. (1904) Das Pflanzenreich IV. 46(Heft 20): 201.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2014. Aframomum in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2014 Feb. 7. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2015. Aframomum. Published online. Accessed: May 23 2015. 2015. Aframomum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2015 Jan. 9.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Aframomum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Aframomum is a genus in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is widespread across tropical Africa as well as on some islands of the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles, and Mauritius).[2] It is represented by approximately 50 species. It is larger than other genera in its family. Its species are perennials and produce colorful flowers.[3]

Aframomum melegueta (Melegueta pepper) is an economically important edible crop in West Africa.[4]

Species are:[2]

Aframomum albiflorum Lock
Aframomum alboviolaceum (Ridl.) K.Schum.
Aframomum alpinum (Gagnep.) K.Schum.
Aframomum amaniense Loes.
Aframomum angustifolium (Sonn.) K.Schum.
Aframomum arundinaceum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum atewae Lock & J.B.Hall
Aframomum aulacocarpos Pellegr. ex Koechlin
Aframomum cereum (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
Aframomum chrysanthum Lock
Aframomum citratum (C.Pereira) K.Schum.
Aframomum colosseum K.Schum.
Aframomum cordifolium Lock & J.B.Hall
Aframomum corrorima (A.Braun) P.C.M.Jansen ‑ korima
Aframomum daniellii (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
Aframomum elegans Lock
Aframomum elliottii (Baker) K.Schum.
Aframomum exscapum (Sims) Hepper
Aframomum flavum Lock
Aframomum geocarpum Lock & J.B.Hall
Aframomum giganteum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum kayserianum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
Aframomum laurentii (De Wild. & T.Durand) K.Schum.
Aframomum laxiflorum Loes. ex Lock
Aframomum leptolepis (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
Aframomum letestuanum Gagnep.
Aframomum limbatum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum longiligulatum Koechlin
Aframomum longipetiolatum Koechlin
Aframomum longiscapum (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
Aframomum luteoalbum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
Aframomum makandensis Dhetchuvi
Aframomum mala (K.Schum. ex Engl.) K.Schum.
Aframomum mannii (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum melegueta K.Schum ‑ grains of paradise
Aframomum mildbraedii Loes.
Aframomum orientale Lock
Aframomum pilosum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum polyanthum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
Aframomum pruinosum Gagnep.
Aframomum pseudostipulare Loes. & Mildbr. ex Koechlin
Aframomum rostratum K.Schum.
Aframomum sceleratum A.Chev.
Aframomum sericeum Dhetchuvi & D.J.Harris
Aframomum singulariflorum Dhetchuvi
Aframomum spiroligulatum A.D.Poulsen & Lock
Aframomum stanfieldii Hepper
Aframomum strobilaceum (Sm.) Hepper
Aframomum subsericeum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
Aframomum sulcatum (Oliv. & D.Hanb. ex Baker) K.Schum.
Aframomum thonneri De Wild.
Aframomum uniflorum A.D.Poulsen & Lock
Aframomum verrucosum Lock
Aframomum wuerthii Dhetchuvi & Eb.Fisch.
Aframomum zambesiacum (Baker) K.Schum. ‑ nangawo

See also



The genus Aframomum was first published as a taxon in Das Pflanzenreich ["The Plant Kingdom"] IV. 46(Heft 20): 201. 1904, with no type species given. "Name – Aframomum K.Schum". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 18 June 2011. "Note: type not designated"
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Tane, Pierre; Tatsimo, Simplice D.; Ayimele, Godfred A.; Connolly, Joseph D. Bioactive metabolites from Aframomum species. 11th NAPRECA Symposium Book of Proceedings. Antananarivo, Madagascar. pp. 214–223. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
Blench, Roger (2006). Archaeology, language, and the African past. Altamira Press. ISBN 9780759104655.

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