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Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Roscoe ex Sm.

(botanical nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Amomum zerumbet Linné, 1753: 1.
Type locality: Indien
bitter ginger, shampoo ginger, pinecone ginger


The plant is native to tropical Asia and Australasia, but is now distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical zones of the earth (wikipedia 2020).


Picture from: wikimedia commons: Vinayaraj (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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Importance for humans:

The plant is used as a flavoring, similar to ginger, but to a much lesser content. The clear fragrant juice present in the mature flower heads is used as a shampoo or hair conditioner (wikipedia 2020).

Worth knowing:


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas vol. I. L. Salvius, Stockholm: 1-560.
Wikipedia contributors. 2020. Zingiber zerumbet. In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zingiber_zerumbet&oldid=931110570 [online 2020.05.28].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2020.05.28
not reviewed