1753: Linnaeus described this species as Amomum cardamomum in Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1.
today: The current name for this species is Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton
original Latin description
Amomum scapo bracteis alternis laxis caule breviore.
Amomum with a scape with bracts alternate [and] open, [that (i.e., the scape) is] than the stem shorter.
|with a scape||scapo - ablative singular of 2nd declension masculine noun scapus, -i|
|with bracts||bracteis - ablative plural of 1st declension feminine noun bractea, -ae|
|alternate||alternis - ablative plural feminine of group A adjective alternus, -a, -um; modifies bracteis|
|[and]||added for smoother reading|
|open||laxis - ablative plural feminine of group A adjective laxus, -a, -um; modifies bracteis|
|[that (i.e., the scape) is]||added for smoother reading|
|than the stem||caule - ablative singular of 3rd declension masculine noun caulis, -is|
|shorter.||breviore - ablative singular masculine of comparative degree of group B adjective brevis, -is, -e; modifies scapo|