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Datasheet for Costus lucanusianus

Plant Datasheet for Costus lucanusianus

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Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11177 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL


Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11178 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL


Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11179 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL


Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11180 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, FL


Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11181 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida


Costus lucanusianus at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11182 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL


Costus lucanusianus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12698 Accession# R0
Costus lucanusianus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11136 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11137 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11138 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11139 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11140 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11141 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11142 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11143 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11144 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11145 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11146 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11147 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11148 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11149 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11150 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11151 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11152 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11153 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11154 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11155 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11156 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11157 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11158 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus flower


Costus lucanusianus  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11159 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus flower


Costus lucanusianus  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11160 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus calyx


Costus lucanusianus  corolla lobe - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11161 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus corolla lobe


Costus lucanusianus  corolla lobe - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11162 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus corolla lobe


Costus lucanusianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11163 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus labellum


Costus lucanusianus  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11164 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stamen


Costus lucanusianus  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11165 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stamen


Costus lucanusianus  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11166 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stamen


Costus lucanusianus  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11167 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stigma


Costus lucanusianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11168 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus labellum


Costus lucanusianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11169 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus labellum


Costus lucanusianus  bracts with double calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11170 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus bracts with double calyx


Costus lucanusianus  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11171 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus bracts


Costus lucanusianus  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11172 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus bracts


Costus lucanusianus  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11173 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus bracteole


Costus lucanusianus  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11174 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus bracteole


Costus lucanusianus  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11175 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus calyx


Costus lucanusianus  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11176 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus calyx


Costus lucanusianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12412 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus


Costus lucanusianus   stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12413 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stigma


Costus lucanusianus   stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12414 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stigma


Costus lucanusianus   stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12415 Accession# R2850
Costus lucanusianus stigma


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus lucanusianus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus lucanusianus J.Braun & K.Schum.
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: African
SYNONYMS:
Costus dussii,

BOTANICAL NOTES:
This African species is recognized in Paul Maas' monograph on African Costaceae, published on 16 December 2016. (Monograph of African Costaceae, H. Maas-van de Kamer, P.J.M. Maas, J.J. Wieringa, C.D. Specht, Blumea 61, 2016: 280 - 318, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nhn/blumea/2016/00000061/00000003/art00010)

The African Plant Database lists this species as accepted with var. lucanusianus and var. major.

Flora of Tropical Africa, 1898 - describes this species.

Flora of West Tropical Africa, (1936) - also lists it.

Flora of Spanish Guinea -

LISTING AT:
National Botanic Garden of Belgium (from Democratic Republic of Congo )

Costus dussii specimen at NYBG Herbarium - http://www.nybg.org/bsci/hcol/vasc/Costaceae.html

Image: Available at http://image.nybg.org/herbim/0611/v-61.1-00073335big.jpg
collected by Pere Duss, Herbier de la Martinique, 1880. Maas examined specimen in 1967 and identified as Costus lucanusianus var. lucanusianus.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R2850 received from David Bar-Zvi at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045793.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus lucanusianum flowers This is a tall African Costus that produces two flowers per bract. It is sometimes found in a yellow flowering form, but this is the more common white flowering form. This Costus grows quite tall, reaching a full 12 feet tall and bumping its head on my greenhouse roof. This is definately a "collector" plant, not the most exciting Costus in the jungle, but it does have its unique characters (like the ciliate ring around the ligule). Don't ask! Otherwise, it is similar looking to another African Costus, C. afer.

I have not tested this one outdoors, but the yellow flowering form seems to be marginally hardy here. My guess is this is zone 9B hardy, possibly zone 9A. I grow it in part sun (3-4 hours direct) in the usual moist but well drained, fertile, organic soil.


Costus lucanusianus foliage

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