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Amomum muricarpum Elm.


Description from Flora of China

Plants 2--3 m tall. Rhizomes robust. Ligule 7--9 mm; petiole 5--10 mm; leaf blade lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 25--35 × 6--8 cm, glabrous, base cuneate, apex caudate-acuminate. Spikes ovoid, 6--8 cm; peduncle 5--7 cm, scalelike sheaths imbricate, proximal ones smaller than distal ones; rachis yellow tomentose; bracteoles brown, tubular, 2--2.5 cm, split nearly to base on 1 side. Calyx red, ca. 2.5 cm, apex 2-cleft. Corolla tube equaling calyx; lobes apricot yellow, conspicuously red veined, 2--3 cm. Lateral staminodes subulate. Labellum apricot yellow with purple veins and spots, obovate, 2.5--3 cm, margin cristate, apex 2-cleft. Connective appendage semiorbicular, spreading laterally, ca. 5 mm × 1 cm. Capsule red, globose or ellipsoid, ca. 2.5 cm in diam., yellow tomentose, with branched, fleshy spines 3--6 mm. Fl. May--Sep, fr. Jun--Dec. 2 n = 48*.


Dense forests; 300--1000 m. Guangdong, Guangxi [Philippines].


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