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Native Cardamon

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Other Names: 'Scott's Ginger' Hornstedtia scottiana

  • A large ginger with huge leaves and swollen bases.

  • Bright red bracts develop at the base of the plant, from which tiny pink and white flowers grow.

  • Later, round red fruits develop inside these fading bracts, immersed within a snot-like substance.

  • Ground birds such as cassowaries and megapodes eat the fruits (Nicholson and Nicholson 200).

  • The plants are usually found on the edge and in gaps of the tropical rainforest in northern Queensland, New Guinea and some other Pacific islands (Nicholson and Nicholson 2000).

  • The plant is often called Native Cardamom' as the seeds have a similar flavour to the related Asian plant.

  • The seeds and pulp of this plant are edible, and the leaves were used for wrapping food (Nicholson and Nicholson 2000).

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide


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