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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Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature Top of page Costaceae is a family of flowering plants including 6 genera and species with Pantropical distribution Stevens, Labellum yellow, broadly oblong-obovate when spread out, 2. Light Shade to part shade.

Pharmaceutical Biology, 48 When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. However, a study concluded that this treatment ” If you want to keep it a manageable size, use this as an opportunity to divide the rhizome and refresh your potting soil, but keep it in the same size pot.

Costus spicatus by randy Apr 24, Ginger Plants 1 comment. 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. Costaceae is a family of flowering plants including 6 genera and species with Pantropical distribution Stevens, Costus spicatus will grow in full sun if it is kept moist.


Pharmacological activity of Costus spicatus in experimental Bothrops atrox envenomation.

Such results were unlikely to be provoked by motor abnormality, as MECs-treated mice did not exhibit any performance alteration during the Rota-rod test.

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.

A thick layer of mulch will help to ensure that the rhizome will survive. 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. It flowers in spring and summer or year round in tropical conditions.

Costus spicatus – Randy’s Tropical Plants

Maasin a monograph of the genus, considers this species as native only to Hispaniola and the Lesser Antilles. Don’t need the entire report?

In Dominican folk medicine, herbal tea made from the leaves of C. Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais, 15 3: In traditional West Indies medicine i. Alpinia spicata Costus cylindricus. Spicatis Checklist of Costaceae.

Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of Costus spicatus in experimental animals.

More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: It can grow in shaded conditions. Their inflorescences are usually dense, spicate-capitate, and have large bracts, and their monosymmetric flowers have a large labellum and single stamen, the style running between the two halves of the large spicatue.


Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities were studied by measuring nociception through acetic acid, formalin, and hot-plate tests, while inflammation was spicagus by carrageenan.

Flora of Panama, Maas gives a table comparing characteristics of C.

Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of Costus spicatus in experimental animals.

Dried and pulverized leaves were extracted with distilled water. Distribution Top of page C. Stamen narrowly elliptic, cm long; anther mm long.

Not only are they edible but they are delicious. Structural and phytochemical aspect from vegetative part of Costus spicatus Jacq. Your email address will not be published. Costaceae is used by the Amazonian population to treat inflammation, pain and other pathological manifestations. We conclude that MECs has antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities in rodents.

However, a recent study concluded that this treatment had no efficacy in treating obesity-induced hyperglycemia Keller et al. Introduction and spread of this species into new habitat is mostly dependent on human activity.

Florida Entomologist, 95 4: Staples and Derral R. Flora Neotropica Monographs, 8: Insulina was identified as Costus spicatus.

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