Amomum blumeanum (PROSEA)

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Amomum blumeanum Valeton

Family: Zingiberaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: ketembang sekala (Lampung).




Raw fruits are consumed as an acid-tasting snack.


  • Perennial herb, up to 2 m tall, with robust leafy stems.
  • Leaves lanceolate, up to 24-35 cm × 2.5-5.5 cm.
  • Fruit berry-like, 1-3 at apex of inflorescence, globular, 1.5 cm in diameter, red, hairy, studded with unbranched 2-3 mm long, soft, faintly curved prickles.
  • Seeds ribbed, ca. 3 mm long.

In primary forests along streams up to 650 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen