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Datasheet for Costus stenophyllus

Plant Datasheet for Costus stenophyllus

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Costus stenophyllus on trail near Rancho Quemado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11899 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Rancho Quemado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Rancho Quemado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11900 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Rancho Quemado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11905 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL


Costus stenophyllus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami,  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11906 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami,


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11907 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11908 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11909 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11910 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11911 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus by John Ingram  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11912 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus by John Ingram


Costus stenophyllus by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11913 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11914 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11915 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11916 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11917 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower with bract and bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11918 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower with bract and bracteole


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower with bract and bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11919 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower with bract and bracteole


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11920 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica flower


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11921 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bracteole


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11922 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bracteole


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11923 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica calyx


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11924 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica calyx


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum and stamen (far exceeding labellum) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11925 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum and stamen (far exceeding labellum)


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11926 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica corolla lobes


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum and stamen (far exceeding labellum) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11927 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum and stamen (far exceeding labellum)


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11928 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11929 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica labellum


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11930 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica stamen


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bract - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11931 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bract


Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bract - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11932 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica bract


Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11933 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11934 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11935 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus stenophyllus at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11936 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL


Costus stenophyllus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12839 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii


Costus stenophyllus, John Mood garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17251 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, John Mood garden


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17252 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17253 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17254 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17255 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, La Gamba area


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, Los Planes, Osa Peninsula - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17256 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, Los Planes, Osa Peninsula


Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, Los Planes, Osa Peninsula - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17257 Accession# R0
Costus stenophyllus, Costa Rica, Los Planes, Osa Peninsula


Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11901 Accession# R2613
Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics


Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11902 Accession# R2613
Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics corolla


Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11903 Accession# R2613
Costus stenophyllus at Natural Selections Exotics stamen


Costus stenophyllus by Enid Offolter at Natural Selections Exotics  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11904 Accession# R2613
Costus stenophyllus by Enid Offolter at Natural Selections Exotics


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus stenophyllus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus stenophyllus Standl. & L.O.Williams
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is an accepted neo-tropical Costus species described in 1952. It is easy to recognize, in flower or not, having very narrow leaves and straight bamboo-like stems. The flowers form on a basal inflorescence, red bracts and yellow tubular flowers.

The species is endemic to the Osa Peninsula area of Costa Rica. I have seen it throughout the northern part of the peninsula and on the north and east sides of the Golfo Dulce. It is usually found on ridges and well drained slopes, but I also found it common on flatter ground near Drake. I completed an assessment for the IUCN Red List in 2014, and it is now classified as Least Concern. My assessment can be found at http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/full/56349106/0.

Holotype: collected in 1951 by P. H. Allen in the Esquinas forest (Punatrenas province).

ACCESSION NOTES:
I have one accession of this species, R2613, received in trade as a clone of the cultivated plant. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045797.

OBSERVATION NOTES:

Los Planos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.648, Longitude -83.667, at 146 meters elevation.

La Gamba area, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.699, Longitude -83.211, at 200 meters elevation.

Near Fila Trail, Esquinas Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.69945, Longitude -83.2069, at 175 meters elevation.

Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.737244, Longitude -83.407716, at 60 meters elevation.

Trail near Rancho Quemado, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.68, Longitude -83.58, at meters elevation.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus stenophyllus is a very different looking Costus, easy to recognize even when not in flower. It has tall straight patterned stems and narrow leaves with a look that gave it the common name of "bamboo Costus". It is from the Osa Peninsula area of Costa Rica, where I have always seen it growing in forest understory on well drained ridges or steep slopes. It is a basal bloomer with brigth red cone-type inflorescence and pale yellow tubular flowers.



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