Aframomum is a genus in the Zingiberaceae family with species that have well-developed rhizomes. Inflorescence usually congested, terminal on a separate leafless shoot, sometimes subterranean with only the apical part visible, bracts each subtending 1 flower. About 50 spp., tropical Africa, Mascarenes and Madagascar: one species Aframomum melegueta, cultivated for its spicy seeds and widely cultivated in W. Africa and also S. America

Aframomum alboviolaceum, Nicholas Wightman [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]

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