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 (Ridl.) K.Schum. is found in tropical Africa. Photos by Nicholas Wightman taken in Lilayi, Zambia.

Aframomum alboviolaceum, Nicholas WightmanAframomum alboviolaceum, Nicholas Wightman

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