Amorphophallus abyssinicus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Amorphophallus
A. abyssinicus
Binomial name
Amorphophallus abyssinicus
(A.Rich.) N.E.Br. in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), 1901

Amorphophallus abyssinicus, also known as Bagana (Sidamo), is a plant of the genus Amorphophallus. It is native to southern Ethiopia, where it is grown in gardens, hence its specific epithet, abyssinicus, derived from Latin and meaning "Abyssinian" or "Ethiopian".[1]

It is cultivated in Gojjam, and the Semien Omo Zone and Konso special woreda of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, on lands between 1300 and 2000 meters above sea level. The tuberous roots are harvested and cooked for a long time before eating.[2]


  • Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. abyssinicus.
  • Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. akeassii Ittenbach, 1997
  • Amorphophallus abyssinicus subsp. unyikae (Engl. & Gehrm.) Ittenb. ex Govaerts & Frodin, 2002


  1. ^ Eggli, Urs; Newton, Leonard E. (2004). Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. p. 1. ISBN 978-3-540-00489-9. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ Zemede Asfaw, "Conservation and use of traditional vegetables in Ethiopia" Archived 2012-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, Proceedings of the IPGRI International Workshop on Genetic Resources of Traditional Vegetables in Africa (Nairobi, 29–31 August 1995)

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