Amomum is a genus of tall herbs in the Zingiberaceae family, some stilt rooted, rhizome usually thin. Leaves usually many. Inflorescence congested, terminal on a short leafless shoot, peduncle sometimes short, then inflorescence subterranean and only the apical part showing. About 150 ssp., widely distributed in tropical Asia to tropical Australia, the majority in the Malesian region.

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