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Photo# 15396 Specimen# R3193
Collected along the Gualaquiza-Sigsig Road in Ecuador, believed to be C. asplundii.


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Photo# 15397 Specimen# R3193
Collected along the Gualaquiza-Sigsig Road in Ecuador, believed to be C. asplundii.


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Photo# 15398 Specimen# R3193
Collected along the Gualaquiza-Sigsig Road in Ecuador, believed to be C. asplundii.


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Photo# 15512 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Atlanta Botanical Gardens


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Photo# 15513 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Atlanta Botanical Gardens


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Photo# 15514 Specimen# R2966
Costus asplundii


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Photo# 15515 Specimen# R2966
Costus asplundii


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Photo# 15516 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15517 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15518 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15519 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15520 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15521 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15522 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15523 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15524 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15525 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15162 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15163 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15164 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15165 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15166 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Costus asplundii at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii


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Photo# 15168 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at John Mood's garden


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Photo# 15169 Specimen# R0
Costus asplundii at John Mood's garden


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Costus asplundii at John Mood's garden


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Photo# 15171 Specimen# R3125
Costus asplundii from Rio Mazon, Peru


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Photo# 15172 Specimen# R3125
Costus asplundii from Rio Mazon, Peru


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Photo# 15173 Specimen# R3125
Costus asplundii from Rio Mazon, Peru


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Photo# 15174 Specimen# R3125
Costus asplundii from Rio Mazon, Peru


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Photo# 15175 Specimen# R2976
Costus asplundii from John Banta


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Photo# 15176 Specimen# R2976
Costus asplundii from John Banta


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Photo# 11684 Specimen# R2254
Costus asplundii at Atlanta Botanic Garden, Atlanta, GA ABG#92-0790


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Photo# 11685 Specimen# R2254
Costus asplundii at Atlanta Botanic Garden, Atlanta, GA ABG#92-0790


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus asplundii
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus asplundii (Maas) Maas
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:
Costus guanaiensis var. asplundii,

BOTANICAL NOTES:
I have seen several plants of this species in habitat in Ecuador and in cultivation from various sources. I have only seen it in flower one time - at Lyon Arboretum in Hawaii.

TAXONOMY NOTES BY BRIAN MIDDLEDITCH - Costus asplundii (P.J.M. Maas) P.J.M. Maas:

Described by P. J. M. Maas in Flora Neotropica. In his 1972 Monograph No. 8, Maas listed this as a variety of Costus guanaiensis, and later in 1977 revised it as a separate species.

Smithsonian collection greenhouse, this species has been subject to mealy bug problems that have been difficult to keep under control. I have the same problem with this species in my greenhouse.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
I won't lie to you, this plant is very difficult to bring to flower, but WOW! It is really spectacular when it does bloom. I have only seen it in flower one time, at Lyon Arboretum in Hawaii. The late Ray Baker of Lyon Arboretum was with me at the time and he told me he had never seen it in flower before either.

This plant is mostly grown for its foliage, narrow purple backed leaves, thick long hairs on the stems. I have collected seeds of this species in Peru and in Ecuador, and also have a specimen from US cultivation. It is not known whether the flowers will vary from these collections.




HORTICULTURAL NOTES:

Le Jardin Ombragé - Costus asplundii -medium to tall Costus from Central America, very narrow linear foliage with purplish undersides, flowers are white with yellow centers. I have tried to grow this from cuttings several times, and each time it seemed to root okay and start to grow but then declined and died. It is difficult to get established, apparently needs just the right moisture conditions. It is probably zone 10 hardy and shade loving.

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