Alpinia galanga Willd. Scitamineae. Galangal. Galingale.
Tropical eastern Asia. The root is used in place of ginger in Russia and in some other countries for flavoring a liquor called nastoika. By the Tartars, it is taken with tea." In Cochin China the fresh root is used to season fish and for other economic purposes.
Alpinia globosa Horan.
China. The large, round China cardamons are supposed to be produced by this species. The Mongol conquerors of China set great store on this fruit as a spice.
Alpinia striata Hort. Amomum. Cardamom.
East Indies. This is probably the amomon of Dioscorides. It is found in Sumatra, Java and other East Indian islands as far as Burma and produces the round cardamoms of commerce.
Alpinia uviformis Horan.
Tropical Asia. The fruit is said to be edible.