Amomum tsao-ko

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Amomum tsao-ko
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Amomum
Species: A. tsaoko
Binomial name
Amomum tsaoko
Crevost & Lemarié
  • Amomum hongtsaoko C. F. Liang & D. Fang.[2]

Amomum tsaoko is a ginger-like plant known in English by the transliterated Chinese name cao guo (Chinese: 草果; pinyin: cǎoguǒ). It grows at high altitudes in Yunnan,[2] as well as the northern highlands of Vietnam.[3] Both wild and cultivated plants are used medicinally.[2]


  1. ^ Leong-Skornickova, J., Tran, H.D., Newman, M., Lamxay, V. & Bouamanivong, S. 2012. Amomum tsao-ko. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Flora of China". 
  3. ^ Ziegler, Thomas, Dao Thi Anh Tran, Truong Quang Nguyen, Ronith Gila Bina Perl, Lea Wirk, Magdalena Kulisch, Tanja Lehmann, Anna Rauhaus, Tao Thien Nguyen, Quyet Khac Le, and Thanh Ngoc Vu. 2014. New amphibian and reptile records from Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam. Herpetology Notes, volume 7: 185-201 (2014) (published online on 16 April 2014).