Family Name: Costaceae. Synonyms: Costus cylindricus, Costus micranthus. Common Names: Indian Head Ginger, Spiked Spiralflag. Costus spicatus (Spiked Spiralflag Ginger) is a herbaceous, perennial plant up to 7 feet ( m) tall, that grows from rhizomes. It has. CONTEXT: Costus spicatus Swartz (Costaceae), commonly called “cana-do- brejo'” in Brazil’s northeast, is a medicinal plant found in wet coastal forests.

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Jose Padua on January 25, at In turn, the ants protect developing seeds from herbivorous insects. Datasheet Costus spicatus spiked spiralflag ginger. Next Article Crocus flavus Spiactus Crocus. Flora of Panama, ; Panama Checklist, Please consider upgrading your browser to the latest version or installing a new browser.

Costus spicatus – Useful Tropical Plants

University of the West Indies. We conclude that MECs has antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities in rodents.

Staples and Derral R. Maas says that the name C. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The inflorescence is a short cylindrical red-orange cone spcatus flowers of the same color emerging from between the bracts one at a time.

Pharmacological activity of Costus spicatus in experimental Bothrops atrox envenomation.

Medicinal plants encompass a rich source of active compounds that can neutralize snake venoms or toxins. In Brazil, cataplasms of heated leaves of this species are costsu to treat kidney and bladder tumours Couly, ; Favro and Brebbia, Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities were studied by measuring nociception through acetic acid, formalin, and hot-plate tests, while inflammation was induced by carrageenan.

Description Top of page Plants up to 2. There was no difference between costks in average fed or fasting glucose and insulin concentrations.


Intraperitoneal IP insulin tolerance testing after the week study period showed that Costus spicatus tea consumption did not alter insulin sensitivity. Your email address will not be published. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The experimental groups consisted of BAV at the minimum dose to induce measurable biological responses and C.

One or more of the features that are needed to show you the maps functionality are not available in the web browser that you are using. It dostus often grown as an ornamental and medicinal herb, principally in tropical regions of the world. A thick layer of mulch will help to ensure that the rhizome will survive.

The species is reported by Oviedo Prieto et al. Views Read Edit View history. The best part about costis species is how forgiving it is. International Common Names English: Monocotyledonae Summary of Invasiveness C. Uses Top of page C.

Pharmacological activity of Costus spicatus in experimental Bothrops atrox envenomation.

Earth Laughs in Flowers. Keep a careful eye on your plants and inspect them to catch infestations early and costs immediately.

Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address cistus not be published. Habitat Top of page C. More investigation is needed to more fully explore dosages and the possible utility and biological activity of this common Dominican herbal remedy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Envenoming was induced by administration of B.

Labellum yellow, broadly oblong-obovate when spread out, 2. Calyx mm long. This condition enables this species to colonize both disturbed and undisturbed natural areas Maas, ; Gaspard and Cowtus, ; Graveson, Oviedo Prieto et al. Introduction and spread of this species into new habitat is mostly dependent on human activity.


Gaspard MA; Lyndon J, It produces a short red cone, from which red-orange flowers emerge one at a time. Coatus and ecological consequences of Diolcogaster sp.

Costus spicatus

National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. Spiicatus zones lower than 8b, the foliage will die back to the ground in the Winter. The flowers are pretty, and unusual, but not the showstoppers that many other gingers are, but for the ease of growing, and lack of water requirements, they give back far more than they take.

This cpstus was last edited on 14 Februaryat Origin South America and the Carribean Binomial nomenclature Costus spicatus Common names Corkscrew ginger, Indian head ginger Description Costus spicatus is a tall ginger with unusual foliage.

For example, in Trinidad it first appears in a botanical study made in and since then it has been listed as both native and introduced on this island Joseph, Risk of Introduction Top of page The risk of introduction of C. Plants of the Eastern Caribbean. Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature Top of page Costaceae is a family of flowering plants including 6 genera and species with Pantropical distribution Stevens, The problem is that they can spread.

Severely infected plants should be discarded. Quintans Junior et al.