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Crepe
Ginger

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Crepe Ginger

Cheilocostus speciosus

Despite its common name, crepe ginger is only a distant relative of the edible ginger family. It is a tall and dramatic landscape plant with large dark green leaves arranged on the stalk in a spiral. The flowers appear in late summer or early fall, and are quite unusual looking. They form on red 4 in cone-shaped bracts, with several 2 in pure white crinkled flowers protruding from each cone. The flowers look like crepe paper - thus the common name of crepe ginger. After the flowers fade away, the attractive red cone-shaped bracts remain. The large crepy object is not the petal, but the stamen - the three true petals of each flower are inconspicuous, and are almost hidden by the bell shaped stamen.

Malay Ginger, Spiral Ginger, Wild Ginger

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    যম লাখুটি
  • Bengali:
    কেউ, কেউমুক
  • Gujarati:
    પેવટો
  • Hindi:
    केउ, कुष्ठ
  • Kannada:
    ನರಿ ಕಬ್ಬು, ನಾಯಿ ಕಬ್ಬು, ಪುಷ್ಕರಮೂಲ
  • Malayalam:
    ആനക്കൂവ, ചണ്ണക്കൂവ
  • Marathi:
    पेव, कोशी (Kokani)
  • Nepali:
    बेतलौरी
  • Oriya:
    କୁଷ୍ଠ
  • Sanskrit:
    केमुक, कुष्ठ
  • Tamil:
    கோஷ்டம், வெண்கோஷ்டம்
  • Telugu:
    కాశ్మీరము, కిముక, కోష్టము
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Taxanomy

ZINGIBERALES
COSTACEAE
Cheilocostus speciosus