Maranta malaccensis Burm.f.
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Alpinia malaccensis is a robust herb that is strongly aromatic when bruised. It produces leafy stems 2 - 4 metres tall from a creeping rhizome[
The plant is used medicinally, as a food and also supplies an essential oil. It is cultivated in north-eastern India, Java and southern China[
E. Asia - mountainous regions of India, through Malaysia to Indonesia and the Philippines.
Primary forest and shaded rocky outcrops at low and medium altitudes[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Plants in this genus generally grow best in a sunny or partially sunny position in a moist, fertile soil[
The rhizome is occasionally used as a spice[
The rhizome is eaten as a vegetable in India[
The pounded rhizome is used to cure wounds and sores[
]. The rhizomes were chewed in the Moluccas, together with betel nut (Areca catechu) to make the voice strong and clear[
An infusion of the ripe and unripe fruits, with a little salt, is taken as an emetic[
]. A decoction of the fruit or the crushed seed is applied for gastralgia with tympanites[
]. A decoction is used for bathing feverish people[
All plant parts are fragrant, and contain essential oils[
Division of the rhizome[
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