This plant is abundantly found in Africa and is a West African spice. This pepper is a relative of grains of paradise obtained from the species A. Melegueta. It corresponds to the seeds and seed pods of A. Danielli A. Citratum or A. Exscapum. Alligator pepper is sold as entire like its relative black cardamom. This herbaceous flowering plant grows perennially throughout the year and is found in swampy parts of West African coast. The seeds are normally seen or revealed only after the pod is opened.