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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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This plant requires little care other than controling its spread. It can grow in shaded conditions. Earth Laughs in Flowers. How to Grow and Care for Costus. Costus fall into the tropical category, so if you do well with philodendrons and other tropical plants, you should be able to grow Costus without too much issue. Costus spicatus Roscoe Zingiberaceae.

Keep a careful eye on your plants and inspect them to catch infestations early and treat immediately. Evaluation of Xpicatus species and their use as indoor potted plants.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They are quite drought tolerant. Costaceae is used by the Amazonian population to treat inflammation, pain and other pathological manifestations.

United States Department of Agriculture. Biology and Ecology Top of page C. Retrieved from ” https: As an addition to salads they add both flavor and color.

Pharmacological activity of Costus spicatus in experimental Bothrops atrox envenomation.

Datasheet Costus spicatus spiked spiralflag ginger. Distribution Table Top of spicauts The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. If your plant starts to suffer from brown leaf margins, it most likely is being underwatered or exposed to cold drafts.

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Introduction and spread of this species into new habitat is mostly dependent on human activity. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium, volume Weight gain and progression of hyperglycemia and insulinopenia between the Experimental and Control groups were statistically indistinguishable.

I would greatly adiquerir one to plant in a large vase. Labellum yellow, spicatks oblong-obovate when spread out, 2. However, a study concluded that this treatment ” Leaves, fruits, seeds and rhizomes are used in traditional medicine as diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anthelmictic, stimulant, and for the treatment of tumours Couly, ; Lars, ; Duke, ; USDA-ARS, For example, in Sipcatus it first appears in a botanical study made in and since then it has been listed as both native and introduced on spixatus island Joseph, Light Shade to part shade.

Alpinia spicata Costus cylindricus.

In turn, the ants protect developing seeds from herbivorous insects. Costus spicatus by randy Apr 24, Ginger Plants 1 comment. The stems, which are true stems, grow little suckers from the nodes which root when the stem falls over. In Dominican folk medicine, herbal tea made from the leaves of C.

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, This species has robust rhizomes that once established are very difficult to remove.

Costus spicatus will grow in full sun if it is kept moist.

Costus spicatus

Catalogue of the Seed Plants of the West Indies. The stems, which are true stems, spiral like a corkscrew, and the leaves themselves spiral around the main stem. Risk of Introduction Top of page The risk of introduction of C. 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.

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The problem is that they can spread.

Costus spicatus – Randy’s Tropical Plants

Species in the Costaceae can easily be recognized even vegetatively, from their ligulate leaves with a closed sheath that are arranged in a single spiral up the stem. In folk medicine an infusion of the aerial parts is taken to treat inflammation and pain. It flowers in spring and summer or year round in tropical conditions. Articles with ‘species’ microformats.

Arctiidae and the effects on two Costus Costaceae plant species in Brazil. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities were studied by measuring nociception through acetic acid, formalin, and hot-plate tests, while inflammation was induced by carrageenan.

The best part about this species is how forgiving it is. Costus spicatus Swartz Costaceaecommonly called “cana-do-brejo'” in Brazil’s northeast, is a medicinal plant found in wet coastal forests. Flora cosstus Panama Checklist, Tropicos website. CRC Press, pp. Biological and ecological consequences of Diolcogaster sp.