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Amomum zingiber L.
(Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile)

original Latin description
Amomum scapo nudo, spica ovata.

Translation
Amomum with a naked scape [and] an ovate spike.



Translation with commentary
Amomum Amomum
with a naked nudo - ablative singular masculine of group A adjective nudus, -a, -um; modifies scapo
scape, scapo - ablative singular of 2nd declension masculine noun scapus, -i
[and] added for smoother reading
an ovate ovata - ablative singular feminine of group A adjective ovatus, -a, -um; modifies spica
spike. spica - ablative singular of 1st declension feminine noun spica, -ae


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