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Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom)

Synonyms: Alpinia cardamomum; Amomum cardamomum; Amomum ensal; Amomum racemosum; Amomum repens; Amomum uncinatum; Cardamomum elletari; Cardamomum malabaricum; Cardamomum minus; Cardamomum officinale; Cardamomum verum; Elettaria cardamomum var. minor; Elettaria cardamomum var. minuscula; Elettaria repens; Matonia cardamomum; Zingiber cardamomum; Zingiber minus

Wikipedia Abstract

Elettaria cardamomum, commonly known as green or true cardamom, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ginger family, native to southern India. It is the most common of the species whose seeds are used as a spice called cardamom. It is cultivated widely in tropical regions and reportedly naturalized in Réunion, Indochina and Costa Rica.
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Invasive Species

Elettaria cardamomum is a herbaceous rhizome from India valued as an aromatic. The species is naturalised in La aRéunion where it is spreading in natural or semi-natural ecosystems with a relatively high density.
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Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Structure [1]  Herb


Abgrallaspis cyanophylli (cyanophyllum scale)[2]
Aonidiella inornata (papaya red scale)[2]
Assara albicostalis[3]
Carmentina polychrysa[3]
Characoma stictigrapta[3]
Chionaema effracta[3]
Drapetodes fratercula[3]
Dysmicoccus debregeasiae <Unverified Name>[2]
Endoclita hosei[3]
Estigmene perrotteti[3]
Eucalymnatus tessellatus (tessellated scale)[2]
Eumelea rosalia[3]
Euproctis latifascia[3]
Euproctis luteifascia[3]
Eupterote minor[3]
Eupterote mollifera[3]
Eupterote testacea[3]
Icerya samaraia <Unverified Name>[2]
Jamides alecto (Metallic Cerulean)[3]
Jamides celeno (Common Cerulean)[3]
Laelia bethuneana[3]
Lenodora vittata[3]
Lopharcha erioptila[3]
Mallocampa audea[3]
Pericallia ricini[3]
Pinzulenza kukisch[3]
Planococcus minor (Pacific mealybug)[2]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[4]
Saissetia coffeae (brown scale)[4]
Thaumatographa caminodes[3]
Zeuzera conferta[3]


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1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
2Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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