Amomum hochreutineri Valeton

Last updated: 06 April 2015

Scientific Name

Amomum hochreutineri Valeton


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Vernacular Name

Indonesia Kihitir, cacabutan (Sundanese). [1][2]

Geographical Distributions

Amomum hochreutineri is very locally grown in western Java. This plant occurs in prima­ry lower montane forests at 1000-1400 m altitude. [1]

Botanical Description

A. hochreutineri comes from the family of Zingiberaceae [3]. It is a medium-sized herb that can grow up to 100 cm tall. It is with stout and long rhizome, whitish, measures up to 1 cm thick, slender and with red leafy stems. [1]

The leaves are lance-shaped with the larger ones measuring 55-70 cm x 7.5-9 cm. [1]

The inflorescence is ascending, hardly raised above the ground, measures up to 30 cm long, few-flowered, with few bracts of up to 3.5 cm long, with 1-2 sterile, outer bracteoles about 2 cm long and hardly sheathing. [1]

The flowers are sessile and exserted from bracts. The sepal tube is about as long as sepal, with erect labellum, much exserted, white, greenish-yellow in the centre and red-streaked. The stamen is hardly shorter than petal. The anther is with 3-­lobed appendage. [1]

The fruit is about 1.5 cm long, 9-12-­ribbed, with curled-crenate margins ribs that are white and with red stripes. [1]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of A. hochreutineri Valeton [1]


  1. Nguyen Quoc Binh. Amomum hochreutineri Valeton. In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherland: Backhuys Publisher; 1999. p. 116.
  2. Umberto Q. CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2012. p. 247.
  3. The Plant List. Ver 1.1.Amomum hochreutineri Valeton. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013. [updated 2012 Mar 26; cited 2015 Apr 13]. Available from: