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Datasheet for Costus guanaiensis

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Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10880 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10881 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10882 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Cabo Matapalo, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10883 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida ligule


Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10884 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida ligule


Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida appendaged bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10885 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis FAIRCHILD #2001-0825B at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida appendaged bracts


Costus guanaiensis near Puerto Jimenez, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10886 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Puerto Jimenez, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10887 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University


Costus guanaiensis by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10888 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis by Kathleen Kay, Michigan State University


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10889 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10890 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10891 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10892 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10893 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Eva Schembera and Reinaldo Aquilar photographing flower of - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10894 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Rincon, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Eva Schembera and Reinaldo Aquilar photographing flower of


Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10895 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10896 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10897 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10898 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10899 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at University of Wisconsin http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/ courses/ img/ bot/401/ Magnoliophyta/ Liliopsida/ Zingiberidae/ Costaceae/ Costus/ - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10900 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at University of Wisconsin http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/ courses/ img/ bot/401/ Magnoliophyta/ Liliopsida/ Zingiberidae/ Costaceae/ Costus/


Costus guanaiensis  at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12369 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence


Costus guanaiensis  at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12370 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence


Costus guanaiensis  at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12371 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Mastatal, Costa Rica inflorescence


Costus guanaiensis  at Mastatal, Costa Rica stem showing ligules - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12372 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Mastatal, Costa Rica stem showing ligules


Costus guanaiensis at Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii  (form with short appendages)  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12672 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii (form with short appendages)


Costus guanaiensis at Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii  (form with short appendages) ligules - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12673 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii (form with short appendages) ligules


Costus guanaiensis near Cabrachi in SE Costa Rica possibly - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12907 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Cabrachi in SE Costa Rica possibly


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16119 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16120 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16121 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16122 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16123 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16124 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16125 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16126 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16127 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16128 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16129 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis from Colombia at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16130 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16131 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16132 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16133 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus aff. guanaiensis at Quistococha, near Iquitos, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16134 Accession# R0
Costus aff. guanaiensis at Quistococha, near Iquitos, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Nirvana in Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16135 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Nirvana in Colombia


Costus guanaiensis at Rio Piedra, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16136 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Rio Piedra, Panama


Costus guanaiensis near Atalaya, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16137 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Atalaya, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis near Atalaya, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16138 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis near Atalaya, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16139 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16140 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16141 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16142 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Pantiacolla, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16143 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16144 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16145 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Villa Carmen, Manu area, Peru


Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16146 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16147 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16148 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis in Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16149 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16150 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16151 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16152 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16153 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17986 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal


Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17987 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal


Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17988 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal


Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - leaf hairs upper side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17989 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - leaf hairs upper side


Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - leaf hairs lower side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17990 Accession# R0
Costus guanaiensis along road above Mastatal - leaf hairs lower side


Costus guanaiensis - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10877 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis


Costus guanaiensis - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10878 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis


Costus guanaiensis - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10879 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16198 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16199 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16200 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16201 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - upper leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16202 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. - origin unknown - lower leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis -  received from Bryan Brunner, leaf hairs upper side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18008 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - received from Bryan Brunner, leaf hairs upper side


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis -  received from Bryan Brunner, leaf hairs lower side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18009 Accession# R2666
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - received from Bryan Brunner, leaf hairs lower side


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16215 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16216 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16217 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16218 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16219 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16220 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16221 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16222 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16223 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16224 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16225 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - upper leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16226 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Juaneche Reserve, Ecuador - lower leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis -  Jauneche, Ecuador, leaf hairs upper side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18010 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Jauneche, Ecuador, leaf hairs upper side


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis -  Jauneche, Ecuador, leaf hairs lower side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18011 Accession# R3069
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Jauneche, Ecuador, leaf hairs lower side


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16286 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16287 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16288 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16289 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama, upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16290 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama, upper leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama, lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16291 Accession# R3141
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from La Fortuna, Panama, lower leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16329 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16330 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16331 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16332 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16333 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16334 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - upper leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16335 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guan. from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - lower leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica,  leaf hairs lower side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18018 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica, leaf hairs lower side


Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica,  leaf hairs upper side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18019 Accession# R3209
Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis - Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica, leaf hairs upper side


Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18020 Accession# R3356
Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama


Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18021 Accession# R3356
Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama


Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18022 Accession# R3356
Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama


Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama, leaf hairs lower side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18023 Accession# R3356
Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama, leaf hairs lower side


Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama, leaf hairs upper side - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18024 Accession# R3356
Costus guanaiensis Rio Piedra, Panama, leaf hairs upper side


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus guanaiensis
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus guanaiensis Rusby
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:
Costus bracteatus, Costus sinningiiflorus,

BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is an accepted neo-tropical Costus species described by Rusby 1902 as "guanaiense" and included by Schumann in Das Pflanzenreich IV, 1904. The type specimen is at NYBG Herbarium, collected in May 1886 by H. H. Rusby #2225, at Guanai (Guanay) in Bolivia. It was first published in the Bulletin of the Torrey Bot. Club. 694. 1902.

In Maas' description in his Flora Neotropica monograph of 1972, he gives the species a wide diversity with variable amount of hairiness and inflorescence either terminal on a leafy stem or basal on a separate leafless shoot. The bracts are described as green with green foliaceous appendages, the covered part usually red. The appendages are likewise described variably as either rigid, ascending or slightly reflexed, narrowly triangular to deltate and sometimes even absent. The flowers have variably colored corollas and labellums.

All this variability is a reflection of the wide distribution. The type is from Bolivia, La Paz, in the community formerly called "Guanay", which the species is named after. The species may be found north as far as Chiapas, Mexico and east into Venezuela, the Guyanas and Amazonian parts of Peru and Brazil. It is also been reported in several of the Caribbean islands.

The classification of the different forms has changed several times, with reclassification in 1977 of some forms into separate species C. asplundii (PID3595) and apparently later into C. bracteatus (PID 3752).

There are currently three formally described varieties of Costus guanaiensis, but the differences in the three formal descriptions are difficult to discern, based mainly on the types of hairs on the leaves but overlapping between varieties.
Maas describes var. guanaiensis with the upper side of the leaves being strigose to glabrous, but the lower side of the leaves are ferrugineous-villose (long, soft, erect brown hairs).
He distinguishes var. macrostrobilus as having the upper side of the leaves strigose (stiff, appressed hairs or hirsute-erect in living material) and somewhat scabrid to the touch.
The third variety tarmicus the upper side of leaves are glabrous to puberulous (soft and short hairs).

I have further separated the forms I have found into separate web pages as follows. Go to these web pages to see photos and further description of these forms:
PID7585 - var. guanaiensis
PID7531- var. guanaiensis cultivar 'Sweet Charlotte'
PID7529- var. guanaiensis cultivar 'Emerald Crinkles'
PID3433 - var. macrostrobilus
PID7609 - var. macrostrobilus Siete Cataratas
PID7464 - var. macrostrobilus Bilsa plicate form
PID3600 - var. tarmicus
PID7464- var. tarmicus Huanuco form
PID7526- var. tarmicus Atalaya orange
PID7527 - var. tarmicus MLC red`

Photos on this page are of undetermined forms of the species Costus guanaiensis. I have included photos of the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves to provide details of the indumenta along with the flower and bract forms.

ACCESSION NOTES:

R2087 and R2666 from Bryan Brunner, origin unknown. Has dense soft hairs on both sides of the leaves.
R3069 from Reserva Juaneche in Los Rios province of Ecuador. Has dense soft hairs on both sides of the leaves.
R3141 from La Fortuna, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Has dense soft hairs on both sides of the leaves.
R3209 from Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Has moderately dense soft hairs on both sides of the leaves.

OBSERVATION NOTES:

Rancho Mastatal, Latitude 9.674972, Longitude -84.371937, at 300 meters elevation.

Rio Piedra, Colon, Panama, Latitude 9.43197, Longitude -79.73353, at 60 meters elevation.

Area around Caluma, Ecuador, Latitude -1.578, Longitude -79.1957, at 836 meters elevation.

Near Caluma, Los Ríos, Ecuador, Latitude -1.67935, Longitude -79.2984, at 187 meters elevation.

Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, Bahía Solano, Choco, Colombia, Latitude 6.26367, Longitude -77.37173, at 150 meters elevation.

Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.67, Longitude -83.7, at 50 meters elevation.

Along road 1.5 km above Atalaya, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru, Latitude -12.89482611, Longitude -71.35813194, at 630 meters elevation.

Manu Learning Centre, Manú Province, Peru, Latitude -12.786083, Longitude -71.401722, at 510 meters elevation.

El Remanso Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.39, Longitude -83.3, at 200 meters elevation.

near Siete Cataratas, Lita area, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador, Latitude 0.883, Longitude -78.517, at 900 meters elevation.

Trail leading down from school, Alto del Valle, Panama, Latitude 8.812, Longitude -82.178, at 420 meters elevation.

La Fortuna area, Alto del Valle, Panama, Latitude 8.81, Longitude -82.18, at 1200 meters elevation.

La Fortuna area, Panama, Latitude 8.78, Longitude -82.21, at 1000 meters elevation.

San Rafael Indian village, Maynas Province, Peru, Latitude -3.556, Longitude -73.11, at 90 meters elevation.

Trail from Rio Mazán, Santa Teresa, Maynas Province, Peru, Latitude -3.54, Longitude -73.177, at 120 meters elevation.

Along road to Bilsa, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador, Latitude 0.359, Longitude -79.654, at 447 meters elevation.

Reserva Bilsa, Manabí Province, Ecuador, Latitude 0.3657, Longitude -79.7319, at 500 meters elevation.

Juaneche, Canton Vinces, Los Ríos Province, Ecuador, Latitude -1.403, Longitude -79.726, at 25 meters elevation.

Buenaventura, west of Piñas, El Oro, Ecuador, Latitude -3.656, Longitude -79.769, at 450 meters elevation.

Mastatal, San José Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 9.68, Longitude -84.37, at 300 meters elevation.

Sendero Oropendola, PN Tapantí, Cartago Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 9.7495, Longitude -83.7819, at 1280 meters elevation.

Herrerra Bot. Gdn., Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.53, Longitude -83.31, at meters elevation.

Near Aqua Buena, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.678, Longitude -83.504, at 55 meters elevation.

Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.39, Longitude -83.3, at 220 meters elevation.

Parque Nacional Tingo Maris, Gloriapatra Trail, Las Palmas, Peru, Latitude -9.420526, Longitude -75.972235, at 760 meters elevation.

Along road past Cueva Pumahuassi, Leoncio Prado Province, Peru, Latitude -9.19382, Longitude -75.95601, at 700 meters elevation.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus guanaiensis is a highly variable and widespread species characterized by appendaged bracts and mostly white flowers with red stripes and a yellow blotch on the labellum. There are three named varieties, but the differences have nothing to do with the bract shapes or the flower colors - they are minor differences in the hair structure on the leaves, that frankly I have not been able to distinguish in the field.

This listing is for a plant that typifies the species, but there is some variation depending on the collection site. They are quite tall, usually growing to about 8-10 feet at maturity, and the flower colors should be mostly white as in the photos here. The leaves are large and tropical looking.

Costus guanaiensis should be grown outdoors over winter only in USDA zone 10 as they are not hardy in colder areas. They prefer a fairly sunny area but will grow in part sun or light shade.



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