Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The so called "spiraling gingers" are found in the genus Costus, as opposed to the "true gingers", which are in the Zingiberaceae family. As far as I know, we only have the spiraling types at Bosque Santa Lúcia. Sorry to say that I can't specify the different species here. The one in the attached image with the green cone and white flower is not very common, compared to the red cone type shown in an earlier post. This species is found in darker environments and does not grow to the heights of the red ones. I found the plant very close to the reception center, only two meters off a walking trail; and I don't think I would have ever seen it, except I was in search of a passion fruit vine in that same area.