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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 3439

Costus tappenbeckianus

OLD NAME: Costus tappenbeckianus

NEW NAME: Costus tappenbeckianus


FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus tappenbeckianus J.Braun & K.Schum.

STATUS : accepted


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- Costus pauciflorus K.Schum. (1892) - Costus radicans Gagnep. (1903) - Costus nemotrichus K.Schum. (1904) - Costus phaeotrichus Loes. (1909)

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,

Costus tappenbeckianus is described by Paul Maas as producing inflorescences on a separate, leafless basal shoot with pink looking flowers, and occasionally with inflorescences terminating a leafy shoot. He mentions a white flowering specimen at Burgers Bush in the Netherlands, which might be the plant in cultivation that is often listed as Costus letestui.

The African Plant Database lists this species as accepted. Biology : Rhizomatous perennial herb with leafy shoots 17-35 cm tall Ecology : Swampy or humid open forest; 800 m alt.

This species is common in cultivation.

ACCESSIONS:Click links (if any) to see details of individual collections. R2266- R2991-

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Costus tappenbeckianus