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Aframomum zambesiacum foliage.JPG
The nangawo (Aframomum zambesiacum)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Aframomum
  • Alexis Salisb., without description
  • Marogna Salisb., without description

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, Mauritius).[2] It is represented by approximately 50 species. It is larger than other genera in its family. Species are perennials and produce colorful flowers.[3]

Selected species[edit]

Note: ThePlantList (Plant List entry for Aframomum sceptrum) considers A. sceptrum a synonym of A. cereum; while GRIN (GRIN entry for Aframomum sceptrum) accepts the name. (Retrieved 19 June 2011)
List sources :[4][5]


  1. ^ 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" 
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ NOTE: Each species from the list at was also checked against its corresponding entry at for accepted status before being included on this page. "Name – Aframomum K.Schum. subordinate taxa". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  5. ^ GRIN. "Species in GRIN for genus Aframomum". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved 19 June 2011.