Amomum uliginosum J.Koenig

Last updated: 06 April 2015

Scientific Name

Amomum uliginosum J.Koenig


Amomum ovoideum Pierre ex Gagnep., Amomum robustum K.Schum., Amomum uliginosum Koenig, Cardamomum uliginosum (J.Koenig) Kuntze, Wurfbainia uliginosa (J.Koenig) Giseke [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Puar hijau, puar gajah, tepus merah (Peninsular) [2][3]
Thailand Krawaan paa (Pattani) [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Amomum uliginosum can be found in Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. It is locally abundant in lowland forest and on river banks, up to 1000 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

A. uliginosum comes from the family of Zingiberaceae [1]. It is a large herb that can grow measures up to 300 cm tall, with subterranean, long and much branched rhizome while the leafy shoots are widely apart [2].

The leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, measuring up to 50 cm x 7 cm and with caudate apex. [2]

The inflorescence is small and spherical, measures up to 5 cm long while on the peduncle it is up to 10 cm long. The bracts are measures 2.5-3 cm long, about 2 cm long bracteoles and tubular at the base. [2]

The flowers are with petal tube that are as long as or slightly longer thanthe sepal. The labellum is ovate and strongly concave, white, sometimes with 2 dark red spots at the base and with a dark crimson stripe on each side. The anther is with a 3-lobed appendage, which having spreads at the side lobes. [2]

The fruit is measuring up to 2 cm long that is covered by slender and soft red spines. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of A. uliginosum [1]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Amomum uliginosum J.Koenig[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 Apr 6]. Available from:
  2. Nguyen Quoc Binh. Amomum uliginosum J.G. König ex Retz. In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 1999; p. 118.
  3. 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. 249.