Amomum villosum

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Amomum villosum
Amomum villosum - Hong Kong Botanical Garden - IMG 9580.JPG
Amomum villosum at the Hong Kong Botanical Garden
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Amomum
Species: A. villosum,
Binomial name
Amomum villosum

Amomum villosum () is a plant in the ginger family that is grown throughout Southeast Asia and in South China.[2] Similar to cardamom, the plant is cultivated for their fruits, which dry into pods when mature and contain strongly aromatic seeds.[3]


The pods are used in Chinese cuisines to flavour soups and in Chinese herbology to treat stomach ache and dysentery.[3]


Due to the demand for the seeds and the ripe fruits of the plant and to curb slash-and-burn activities in their forests by local populations, cultivation of the A. villosum and co-plantings with rubber trees has been encouraged by the governments of Yunnan and Guangdong, China.[4] However, the extensive cultivation of A. villosum in the forest has resulted in the reduction of species diversity in the rainforest of Southwest China.[5]

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  1. ^ IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Amomum villosum", Encyclopedia of Life 
  3. ^ a b G. Li, A.J. Chen, X.Y. Chen, X.L. Li1 and W.W. Gao (2010), "First report of Amomum villosum (cardamom) leaf lesion caused by Pyricularia costina in China", New Disease Reports, 22 (2.) 
  4. ^ Zhou, Shouqing (1993), "Cultivation of Amomum villosum in tropical forests", Forest Ecology and Management, 60 (1–2): 157–162, doi:10.1016/0378-1127(93)90029-M 
  5. ^ Liu, Hongmao; Gao, Lei; Zheng, Zheng; Feng, Zhili (2006), "The impact of Amomum villosum cultivation on seasonal rainforest in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China", Biodiversity and Conservation, 15 (9): 2971–2985, doi:10.1007/s10531-005-3876-4 

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