Amomum lappaceum (PROSEA)

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Amomum lappaceum Ridley

Family: Zingiberaceae

Vernacular names

  • Malaysia: tepus, lempus, apush (Peninsular).


Peninsular Malaysia.


The fruits, resembling rambutans, are edible. The seeds are used as a flavouring for food (as a wild cardamom).


  • Robust perennial herb, up to 3 m tall, with rhizomes at or near the surface of the ground often supported on short stilt roots.
  • Leaves lanceolate, up to 53 cm × 9 cm.
  • Fruit berry-like, at base of inflorescence, near to rhizomes on 2 cm long pedicels, ellipsoid, ca. 3.5 cm × 2.5 cm, green, covered with large fleshy spines.

Selected sources

  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Holttum, R.E., 1950. The Zingiberaceae of the Malay Peninsula. The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 13: 1 249.
  • Tyozaburo Tanaka & Sauke Nakao (Editors), 1976. Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing Co., Tokyo. 924 pp.


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