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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 3753

Chamaecostus curcumoides


OLD NAME: Chamaecostus curcumoides

NEW NAME: Chamaecostus curcumoides

NAME CHANGE NOTES:

FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chamaecostus curcumoides (Maas) C.Specht & D.W.Stev.

STATUS : accepted

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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SYNONYMS:
- Costus curcumoides Maas (1972)

BOTANICAL NOTES:
Chamaecostus curcumoides was first described by Paul Maas as Costus curcumoides in 1972 from a collection in French Guiana where it is an endemic species. It is named for the beautiful inflorescence that is reminicent of gingers in the genus Curcuma. It was included in the new genus Chamaecostus in 2006 by Chelsea Specht, and a sample was included in her molecular phylogeny. In 2015 Thiago André published results of a phylogeny of Chamaecostus and C. curcumoides was in a clade closely related to C. fusiformis although the two species are found in different geographical areas.

I have never seen this species myself, and I do not believe it is in cultivation in commercial horticulture. Currently there is only one field observation posted on Inaturalist. Chamaecostus curcumoides is known only in French Guiana where there is significant rainfall with a drier season in September and October. It flowers only in the rainy season with peak flowering in February to April.

HORTICULTURAL NOTES:
Cultivated only in French Guiana, but not listed in the BGCI network.

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Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas  DSCN9771 - Click to see full sized image
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Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas DSCN9771


Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez - Click to see full sized image
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Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez


Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez - Click to see full sized image
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Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez


Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez - Click to see full sized image
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Chamaecostus curcumoides, photo Maas Itoupephotos from Sophie Gonzalez