Alpinia hainanensis

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Name and publication

Alpinia hainanensis K. Schum., H.G.A. Engler, Pflanzenr. IV. 46 (Heft 20): 335. 1904.


Fruits of cao dou kou show up rarely in imported potpourri. These multiple fruits, similar to that of a tiny osage-orange [M. pomifera (Raf.). C. K. Schneid.], are globular, 1-2 cm in diameter. The fruit is also edible and used medicinally or in soups.

Nativity and distribution

Alpinia hainanensis is native to China and Vietnam.