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Amomum dealbatum

Local name in Nepali: Churumpha ( Choo-room-pha)

Description: A robust ginger with stout stems growing up to 8ft tall. Leaves are found on the upper portion of the stem. This is an evergreen plant with the old stems dying down after a few years. The rhizomes are stout and a dull red in color. Flower buds appear in late winter from the base of the rhizome. The peduncle is short and the buds encased in tight bracts which are of a dull red colour. Flowers appear from early spring through mid summer. Individual flowers stay open for three days and more and new ones open successively. An inflorescence stays in flower for over a month.

Habitat: This species is found in the eastern Himalayas and inhabits cool forest areas near mountain streams and damp forest floors. Grows fast and vigorously during the summer monsoon months.

Ehtnobotany: The unopened inflorescence is harvested and used to make curries. The seed capsules are harvested and dried and mixed with large cardamom (Amomum subulatum) capsules from which it is very difficult to distinguish. Capsules of this species are not as aromatic as large cardamom





Amomum dealbatum flower bud

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