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Datasheet for Costus tappenbeckianus

Plant Datasheet for Costus tappenbeckianus

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Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL terminal flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12046 Accession# R0
Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL terminal flower


Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12047 Accession# R0
Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL


Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12048 Accession# R0
Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL


Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL basal flowers - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12049 Accession# R0
Costus tappenbeckianus at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL basal flowers


Costus tappenbeckianus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii  #77P312  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12840 Accession# R0
Costus tappenbeckianus at Waimea Audubon Center, Oahu, Hawaii #77P312


Costus tappenbeckianus  ligule and petiole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12028 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus ligule and petiole


Costus tappenbeckianus  basal flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12029 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus basal flower


Costus tappenbeckianus  terminal flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12030 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus terminal flower


Costus tappenbeckianus  inflorescense - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12031 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus inflorescense


Costus tappenbeckianus  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12032 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus bracts


Costus tappenbeckianus  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12033 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus bracts


Costus tappenbeckianus  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12034 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus flower


Costus tappenbeckianus  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12035 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus bracteole and calyx


Costus tappenbeckianus  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12036 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus bracteole


Costus tappenbeckianus  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12037 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus calyx


Costus tappenbeckianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12038 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus labellum


Costus tappenbeckianus  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12039 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus corolla


Costus tappenbeckianus  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12040 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus corolla


Costus tappenbeckianus  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12041 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus stamen


Costus tappenbeckianus  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12042 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus stamen


Costus tappenbeckianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12043 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus labellum


Costus tappenbeckianus  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12044 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus labellum


Costus tappenbeckianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12045 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus


Costus tappenbeckianus at Smithsonian US Bot. Research Greenhouse, Washington, DC USBRG#98-682 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12050 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus at Smithsonian US Bot. Research Greenhouse, Washington, DC USBRG#98-682


Costus tappenbeckianus at Smithsonian US Bot. Research Greenhouse, Washington, DC USBRG#98-682 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12051 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus at Smithsonian US Bot. Research Greenhouse, Washington, DC USBRG#98-682


Costus tappenbeckianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12498 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus


Costus tappenbeckianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12499 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus


Costus tappenbeckianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12500 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus


Costus tappenbeckianus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12501 Accession# R2266
Costus tappenbeckianus


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus tappenbeckianus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus tappenbeckianus J.Braun & K.Schum.
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: African
SYNONYMS:
Costus pauciflorus, Costus radicans Gagnep.,

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)

Costus described in 1904 by Schumann.

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.

Flora of Tropical Africa, 1898 - describes this species,

W3Tropicos - http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/pick.html - Costus tappenbeckianus Braun-Blanq. & K. Schum.;Author(s): ORSTOM Date: 1988 Publication: List of Vascular Plants of Gabon with Synonymy Lists C. radicans and C. pauciflorus as synonyms.

ACCESSION NOTES:
My accession R2266 is from Smithsonian, USBRG#1994-682. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045783. I also received a plant of this species from John Banta, R2991.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus tappenbeckianus flower Here is another African Costus species that is seldom found in cultivation and I have never seen it for sale in the US. It is a medium sized Costus, with thin spiraling stems and small dark green glossy leaves. It flowers both at the base of the plant and on the terminal ends of the long leafy stems. The bracts are almost a brownish color, but the flowers are lavendar pink, similar looking to the flower of Costus mosaicus. Like Costus mosaicus, it blooms in the late spring.

I have not tested it for winter hardiness here, and I doubt it is hardy anywhere colder than zone 10 or 9 B at best. Fortunately, also like Costus mosaicus, it is compact enough to be grown in pots and overwintered in a greenhouse or sun room.


basal blooms In my garden

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