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Hornstedtia scottiana
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Hornstedtia scottiana, common known as Scott's ginger, jiddo, or native cardamom, is a very large ginger (member of the family Zingiberaceae) native to Queensland, New Guinea and the Maluku Islands. Its fruits are eaten by the cassowary. It is also a food plant for the larval stages of the Banded Demon Butterfly.


It was first described in 1874 by Ferdinand von Mueller as Elettaria scottiana from a specimen found in the rainforest in Rockingham's Bay by John Dallachy. In 1904, it was redescribed as belonging to the genus, Hornstedtia, by Karl Moritz Schumann.

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