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Photo# 15192 Accession# R3027
Costus deistelii syn. of C. afer, from Smith College, Massachusetts - ligule
Photo# 15193 Accession# R3027
Costus deistelii syn. of C. afer, from Smith College, Massachusetts
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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus deistelii
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus deistelii K.Schum.
SYNONYMS: Costus pulcherrimus,
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, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nhn/blumea/2016/00000061/00000003/art00010)
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.
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: