Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Amomum queenslandicum R.M.Sm.
Smith, R.M. (1980) Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh 38 : 521. Type: Queensland, Q.R.S., Atherton, grown from Hyland 6671 ex Claudie River, 22 Oct. 1974, Dockrill 893; holo: E; iso: QRS.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrubby plant about 1-3 m tall but it should be noted that only the leaves are above ground level. The true stem is below the soil surface.
Inflorescences produced on a short shoot from the base of the plant and are raised only slightly above ground level. Inflorescence about 5 x 3 cm, peduncle about 3-4 cm long. Bracts to 4 cm long, glabrous. Bracteoles to 3 cm long, glabrous. Calyx about 2-2.5 cm long, 3-lobed. Corolla tube about 1.5 cm long, lobes about 2 cm long. Labellum clawed, about 2.5 x 1.5-2 cm, 3-lobed. Anther subsessile, about 10 mm long, crest about 7 mm wide, obscurely 3-lobed. Ovary about 4.5 mm long.
Capsule about 3-4 x 1.5-3 cm with about nine longitudinal wings.
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Occurs in CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 200 m. Grows in disturbed areas (particularly along roads) in lowland or gallery rain forest. This species seems to be on the decline largely, it is suspected, because of the foraging habits of feral pigs (Sus scrofa). Also occurs in New Guinea.