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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]

  1. A. albiflorum Lock
  2. A. alboviolaceum (Ridl.) K.Schum.
  3. A. alpinum (Gagnep.) K.Schum.
  4. A. amaniense Loes.
  5. A. angustifolium (Sonn.) K.Schum.
  6. A. arundinaceum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  7. A. atewae Lock & J.B.Hall
  8. A. aulacocarpos Pellegr. ex Koechlin
  9. A. cereum (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
  10. A. chrysanthum Lock
  11. A. citratum (C.Pereira) K.Schum.
  12. A. colosseum K.Schum.
  13. A. cordifolium Lock & J.B.Hall
  14. A. corrorima (A.Braun) P.C.M.Jansen
  15. A.daniellii (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
  16. A. elegans Lock
  17. A. elliottii (Baker) K.Schum.
  18. A. exscapum (Sims) Hepper
  19. A. flavum Lock
  20. A. geocarpum Lock & J.B.Hall
  21. A. giganteum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  22. A. kayserianum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
  23. A. laurentii (De Wild. & T.Durand) K.Schum.
  24. A. laxiflorum Loes. ex Lock
  25. A. leptolepis (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
  26. A. letestuanum Gagnep.
  27. A. limbatum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  28. A. longiligulatum Koechlin
  29. A. longipetiolatum Koechlin
  30. A. longiscapum (Hook.f.) K.Schum.
  31. A. luteoalbum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
  32. A. makandensis Dhetchuvi
  33. A. mala (K.Schum. ex Engl.) K.Schum.
  34. A. mannii (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  35. A. melegueta K.Schum.
  36. A. mildbreadii Loes.
  37. A. orientale Lock
  38. A. pilosum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  39. A. polyanthum (K.Schum.) K.Schum.
  40. A. pruinosum Gagnep.
  41. A. pseudostipulare Loes. & Mildbr. ex Koechlin
  42. A. rostratum K.Schum.
  43. A. sceleratum A.Chev.
  44. A. sericeum Dhetchuvi & D.J.Harris
  45. A. singulariflorum Dhetchuvi
  46. A. spiroligulatum A.D.Poulsen & Lock
  47. A. stanfieldii Hepper
  48. A. strobilaceum (Sm.) Hepper
  49. A. subsericeum (Oliv. & D.Hanb.) K.Schum.
  50. A. sulcatum (Oliv. & D.Hanb. ex Baker) K.Schum.
  51. A. thonneri De Wild.
  52. A. uniflorum A.D.Poulsen & Lock
  53. A. verrucosum Lock
  54. A. wuerthii Dhetchuvi & Eb.Fisch.
  55. A. zambesiacum (Baker) K.Schum.


  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 c 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.