Sorting Costus names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :



 (Bed) (Braj) (CRDP) (FAO)  (FDAM) (Flcyb) (GCW) (GRIN) V (IPNI) V (ISF) (ISTA) (JA) (JSent) (LibHerb) (Mansf) V (MMPND) (Mrkv) (Nep) (Pan) (Prosea) (SavMark) (Smit)   (SwedMus) (USDA) (Wang) (W3Trop) (Yasu)

Costus afer Ker Gawl.

ENGLISH :  Spiral ginger.

GERMAN :  Spiralingwer.

Costus arabicus L.

SYNONYM(S) : Costus verschaffeltianus Lem.

GERMAN :  Arabische Kostus, Arabische Kostwurz.

Costus guanaiensis Rusby

ENGLISH :  Spiral ginger.

GERMAN :  Spiralingwer.

Costus lacerus Gagnep.

ENGLISH :  Ornamental ginger, Red costus.

GERMAN :  Roter costus.

Photographs at
Nature Products Network.

Costus lucanusianus J. Braun & K. Schum.

ENGLISH :  Ornamental ginger.

GERMAN :  Zieringwer

Costus malortieanus H. Wendl.

ENGLISH :   Spiral flag, Spiral ginger, Stepladder ginger, Velvet stepladder ginger
GERMAN :  Spiralingwer, Spiralkostwurz. 

Photograph of flower at Natural Selections Exotics.

Costus speciosus (J. König.) Sm.

SYNONYM(S) :  Banksea speciosa J. König , Tsiana speciosa J.F. Gmel.

ENGLISH : Crepe ginger, Malay ginger, Spiral ginger, Wild ginger.

FRENCH : Costus elegant.

GERMAN :  Kostus, Kostwurz, Kreppingwer, Pritge Kostwurz.

GUJARATI :  Pakarmula.

HINDI : Keukand.

KANNADA :  Changalkashta.


MALAYALAM : Koshtam.

MARATHI :  Pushkarmula.

SANSKRIT :  Pushkarmula, Kemuka, Kottam, Kustha, Shura.

SPANISH : Caña de la India, Oriunda de la India.

TAMIL : Kottam, Kostam, Kosthum.

TELUGU : Kostam.

VIETNAMESE : Cây cu chóc, Choc, Cat loi, Mia do. <- To be checked with Hô.


Costus spicatus (Jacq.) Sw.
SYNONYM(S) :  Alpinia spicata Jacq., Alpinia spicata Stokes, Amomum petiolatum Lam., Costus conicus Stokes, Costus cylindricus Jacq., Costus micranthus Gagnep., Costus quartus Roem. & Schult.

ENGLISH :  Indian-head ginger, Spiked spiral flag.

FRENCH : Amome velu pétiolé (Caribbean), Canne-congo (Créole - Caribbean), Canne-d'eau (Créole - Caribbean), Petit dégonflé (Créole - Caribbean).

PORTUGUESE :  Cana de macaco (Brazil), Cana do brejo (Brazil), Cana-roxa (Brazil), Cana roxa do brejo (Brazil), Flor-da-paixão (Brazil).

SPANISH :  Costos.

Costus spiralis Rosc.

ENGLISH :  Spiral ginger.

GERMAN :  Spiralingwer.


Costus tappenbeckianus J. Braun & K. Schum

ENGLISH :   Dwarf spiral ginger, Small spiral ginger.

Costus tonkinensis Gagnep.

FRENCH :  Costus du Tonkin.

Photographs at  Nature Products Network.
Ginger, Pineapple Ginger


Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Costus Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia. < > (2004).


General Bibliography




Specific & complementary

Bucher Renate & Bucher Tobias, 2001-2004 Exotische Nutz- und Zierpflanzen.   < >.

Beat Ernst, 2004, Bildarchiv Nutzpflanzen. Pflanzenliste – Wissenschaftliche Namen – Deutsche Namen – Englische Namen. < >.

FRIS, 2004, Medicinal Plants Information of Tamil Nadu, Farmers' Rights Information Service. Developed by M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation - India and Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation. < >.

Nature Products Network,  Rare and Precious Plants of Yunnan, South-West China. < >. Great photos and descriptions of rare plants.

Oudhia Pankaj, 2002, Keukand (Costus speciosus). NewCROP Resource Online Program, Center for New Crops & Plant Procucts, Purdue University. USA. < >.

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: (07 October 2004).



Contributors to this page (Personal communication) :  Pankaj Oudhia.


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