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Datasheet for Costus deistelii

Plant Datasheet for Costus deistelii

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Photo# 15193 Specimen# R3027
Costus deistelii syn. of C. afer, from Smith College, Massachusetts

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Photo# 15192 Specimen# R3027
Costus deistelii syn. of C. afer, from Smith College, Massachusetts - ligule

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BOTANICAL NAME: Costus deistelii
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus deistelii K.Schum.
STATUS :synonym

This African species is placed in synonymy with Costus afer (PID3430) 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,

GBIF records include collections identified as C. deistelii in Liberia, Ivory Coast, guinea, Sierra Leone, and Ghana. There is a basal flowering plant tagged as C. megalobractea at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (photos atPID 3755) with red bracts and very small flowers, generally matching the description of C. deistelii below from Missouri Botanical Garden.

The African Plant Database lists this species as an accepted species.

W3Tropicos - - Eastern Ghana = Specimen data: Herb up to 1.8 m high on old road in forest. NCI #: Entire Plant: 0EQJ-0353-W.; Specimen data: Occasional; in disturbed area; to 2 m tall; inflorescence bracts deep red-purple, streaked with orange; corolla parts yellow-orange and red.

There are several African species that are easily confused with each other as they are superficially similar looking. The various names and PIDs where information is stored on this website are as follows:
Costus afer -PID 3430 - 2 flowers per bract
Costus albus -PID 4868 - single flower per bract
Costus dallachyi - on tag at National Tropical Botanic Garden
Costus deistelii -PID 3754
Costus dinklagei -PID 7279
Costus dubius -PID3597 - single flower per bract
Costus maculatus -PID 3604 - two flowers per bract
Costus megalobractea -PID 3755
These plants have also been circulated from Europeon botanical gardens originating at the Severoceska Bot. Garden in Czech Republic under the name Tapeinochilos spectabile - believed to actually be Costus maculatus.
National Botanic Garden of Belgium (from Ghana)

Schumann describes this species and places in subgenus Eucostus - Das Pflanzenreich IV, 1904.

Flora of West Tropical Africa, (1936) - 3 ft high, leafy in upper part, yellow flowers.

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