Pave / Pev / Pevaga / पावे / Pave / Crepe Ginger / Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Koenig) C.D.Spech

Other Names

  • Local Name: Pave / Pev / Pevaga / पावे
  • Common Name: Pave / Crepe Ginger
  • Botanical Name: Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Koenig) C.D.Spech

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Moist Soils, Waterlogged Soils (Drains Site), Fertile Loamy Soils
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year.
  • Geography: Tropical & Subtropical Asia to NE. Queensland
  • Method of Propagation: Seed and vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and Stem cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves & Stem
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Flowers, yes.

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes, Flowers
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw rest of the plant.
  • As Food: Leaves may be made into chutney; leaves and flowers used in salad.
  • As Medicine: Powder of rhizome given with water to treat indigestion; paste of leaves and rhizomes applied to skin affected by discoloration and itching due to ringworm infection.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Not required
  • Boiling Before Cooking: Not required
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Leaves may be made into chutney; leaves and flowers used in salad.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in antioxidants.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Deworming agent, Skin diseases, Digestive ailments

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Powder of rhizome given with water to treat indigestion; paste of leaves and rhizomes applied to skin affected by discoloration and itching due to ringworm infection.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Salad:
    Wash leaves and petals thoroughly. Mix with salt, chili powder, onion, and lemon juice.

Pave / Pev / Pevaga / पावे / Pave / Crepe Ginger / Cheilocostus speciosus (J.Koenig) C.D.Spech