1753: Linnaeus described this species as Amomum zingiber in Species Plantarum, 1st edition, p. 1.
today: The current name for this species is Zingiber officinale Roscoe
original Latin description
Amomum scapo nudo, spica ovata.
Amomum with a scape naked [and] an a spike ovate.
|with a scape,||scapo - ablative singular of 2nd declension masculine noun scapus, -i|
|naked||nudo - ablative singular masculine of group A adjective nudus, -a, -um; modifies scapo|
|[and]||added for smoother reading|
|with a spike.||spica - ablative singular of 1st declension feminine noun spica, -ae|
|ovate||ovata - ablative singular feminine of group A adjective ovatus, -a, -um; modifies spica|