Hornstedtia minor (PROSEA)

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Hornstedtia minor (Blume) K. Schumann

Family: Zingiberaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: pining kisi, pining landuk, pining lanang (Java).


Indonesia: Java (often cultivated), Kalimantan. Malaysia (Sarawak).


Seed clusters are eaten fresh or candied.


  • Robust perennial herb, up to 3 m tall, with short rhizome.
  • Leaves lanceolate, 12-60 cm × 5-10 cm.
  • Fruiting spike spindle-shaped, 8-13 cm long.
  • Fruit berry-like, lanceolate, compressed, 4 cm × 1 cm.
  • Seeds truncately prismatic, 2 mm long.

In forests, up to 1000 m altitude. Propagation by rooted rhizome parts.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Ochse, J.J., 1927. Indische vruchten [Indonesian fruits]. Volkslectuur, Weltevreden. 330 pp.
  • Smith, R.M., 1985-1986. A review of Bornean Zingiberaceae 1 & 2. Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 42: 261-314, 43: 439-466.
  • Valeton, Th., 1921. Hornstedtia Retz. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série 3, Vol. 3: 150-179.


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