Costus pictus D.Don, Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 19: t. 1594 1833. (Syn. Costus congestus Rowlee; Costus mexicanus Liebm.);
Painted Spiral Ginger, Spotted Spiral Ginger; 

Requesting the name of the leaf and tree : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 4 authors.

I saw a person collecting the leaves of this small shrub saying this is a diabetics tree – does anyone know the name of this and how it helps us?

Costus igneus is the insulin plant. Traditionally people consume its leaves to bring down blood sugar.

It is Costus speciosus (Koenig) J.E. Smith, Costaceae

It is called Insulin plant – Costus igneus.

Sorry for the mistake happened from my side. This is C. pictus


Insulin plant : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Last year I bought this sapling at Yercud National Horticultural centre.
This year it has flowered in my balcony.

Which Costus species is this?

Yes, Costus pictus D. Don ex Lindl. of Costaceae



Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae: Fortnight: Costus pictus : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

Plant sapling was brought from Yercud, TN.

Now growing and flowering in my balcony at Nerul, Navi Mumbai.

Flowering: July


Costus picta from Mumbai.

Nice photos of Costus pictus, thanks for sharing …

Attached is a picture of Costus pictus captured at Ovalekar Wadi in September 2012.

Requested to please validate the ID.


Zingiberaceae ID Reg. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Anybody help me to know the correct ID of this Zingiberaceae member, from Kottayam district of Kerala

Costus pictus

ID Pl. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) me to id this costus spp.

Can it be Costus villosissimus. Pl. see the link:

To me it look like the images of Costus pictus D.Don

Kindly confirm.

It looks the same to me too.

Have seen it at Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai.

yes it is Costus pictus commonly known as Insulin Plant or Painted Spiral Ginger



ID 260718SG : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Pl. help ID this garden plant.

Costus pictus D.Don [Costaceae].


Costus pictus from Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai.

Not very sure if it comes under this family fortnight.

Posting as its a type of Ginger according to its common name as Painted Spiral Ginger.

Yes …, good photos

Costus pictus :: Dattaji Salvi Udyan :: 12 DEC 19 : 6 posts by 4 authors. 4 images.

Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: December 12, 2019 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl

Costus pictus D.Don … family: Costaceae

Many thanks to … … for the ID … facebook.

violet on the undersurface? a variant? otherwise yes.


Id assistance required : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Please identify this
Vasai, Maharashtra, Jan – 2015

It is Costus sp. Please send flower photo.

Costus pictus D.Don

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