Aframomum angustifolium (Sonn.) K. Schum.

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Aframomum angustifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Aframomum angustifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Aframomum angustifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

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Common names: Matongururu (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial herb with leafy shoots, 1.5-4 m tall, arising from extensive rhizomes. Inflorescences 4-10-flowered, arising at the base of the leafy shoots. Petals red. Labellum yellow or pale orange. Fruit ovoid to subglobose, 7-9.5 cm long, including the persistent calyx, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: angustifolium: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In forest understorey and at forest margins
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 240 - 241. with erroneous image of A. albiflorum

Lock, J.M. (2010). Zingiberaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 136 - 137.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 112.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 35 - 36. NOTE: the drawing of large pale lavender pink flowers actually depicts A. alboviolaceum (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 138.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 187.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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Flora of Malawi: Aframomum angustifolium
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aframomum angustifolium
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aframomum angustifolium
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aframomum angustifolium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aframomum angustifolium
Plants of the World Online: Aframomum angustifolium
Tropicos: Aframomum angustifolium
Wikipedia: Aframomum angustifolium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aframomum angustifolium., retrieved 27 March 2023

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