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Datasheet for Costus longebracteolatus

Plant Datasheet for Costus longebracteolatus

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Costus longebracteolatus by Enid Dolan Offolter, Natural Selections Exotics, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11135 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus by Enid Dolan Offolter, Natural Selections Exotics, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Costus longebracteolatus, herbarium at Rio de Janeiro - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16749 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus, herbarium at Rio de Janeiro


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16750 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16751 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16752 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16753 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16754 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16755 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16756 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16757 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16758 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16759 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16760 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16761 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16762 Accession# R0
Costus longebracteolatus at San Pedro, Peru near Iquitos


Costus longebracteolatus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11134 Accession# R2611
Costus longebracteolatus


Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16822 Accession# R3062
Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16823 Accession# R3062
Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16824 Accession# R3062
Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16825 Accession# R3062
Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16826 Accession# R3062
Costus longebracteolatus at Rio Guaycuyacu, Ecuador


Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16857 Accession# R3126
Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru


Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16858 Accession# R3126
Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru


Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16859 Accession# R3126
Costus longebracteolatus at Quebrada Cayapoza, Peru


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus longebracteolatus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus longebracteolatus Maas
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:
Costus 'Long Kiss', Costus 'Kiss of Death',

BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is an accepted neo-tropical Costus species described by Paul Maas in 1972. Note that on the PlantList.org and several other species lists, this species is misspelled with an "I" (longibracteolatus) instead of an "e" but I have checked the 1972 monograph where Paul Maas named and described this as a new species and also have seen a 1997 determination in a herbarium specimen in Quito, Ecuador where Dr. Maas' handwritten notation spelled it with an "e".

Costus longebracteolatus is described as a basal flowering species growing to 2-6 meters tall with strigose to hirsute stems and ligule 10-30 mm long. There is no mention of the purplish coloration to the leaves as is found on the most commonly cultivated specimens known as 'Long Kiss' or as 'Kiss of Death'. The bracts are described as green on the exposed part, red covered part, non-appendaged but having the apex slightly curved outwards. The species is especially characterized having a very long bracteole (32-42 mm - thus, the species name) and calyx (17-22 mm). In 1972 he did not have a good description of the flower but in 1977 he described it as being an open labellum type, white with wine-red venation on the outer lobes.

The type was from Macas, Ecuador and the distribution range includes southeastern Ecuador and Amazonian Colombia and Peru.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R2611, Mark Collins collection(?), called 'Long Kiss' by him. R3003, 'Kiss of Death'. Both sold on his son (Colton Collins) website for Plant Group Hawaii, Inc., http://www.plantgrouphawaii.com. On Mark Collins' widow's website at Plant Group Siam Mariposa this same plant is called 'Long Lover' instead of 'Long Kiss'.

R3062 from Jim West in Ecuador (did not survive),

R3126 from seeds collected in Peru, Quebrada Cayapoza off Rio Napo, lost here but distributed and presumed still living at Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, John Mood's garden and several others in Puerto Rico.

OBSERVATION NOTES:

trail off Quebrada Cayapoza, Maynas Province, Peru, Latitude -3.429, Longitude -73.159, at 100 meters elevation.

San Pedro de Mangua, Maynas Province, Peru, Latitude -3.308, Longitude -72.807, at 110 meters elevation.

San Pedro de Manguas, Maynas Province, Peru, Latitude -3.3, Longitude -72.8, at 110 meters elevation.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus longebracteolatus flower Costus longebracteolatus is a basal blooming Costus species from Amazonian parts of South America. This species is sometimes sold as Costus 'Long Kiss', a name apparently given by the late plant collector Mark Collins. He named another specific form of this species as 'Kiss of Death'. It is distinctive for its short stiff hairs on the stems and other vegetative parts, as well as for the long bracteoles after which it is named. It seems to be a bit difficult to bring to flower in a greenhouse, and in fact I had never actually seen this species in flower until I went to Ecuador and saw it growing at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu. The flowers are quite showy, and the bracts last a long time. Even if it does not flower, the plant is very attractive, especially the long curving stems with their thick hairs.

I have not tested this species for cold hardiness, but I doubt it would survive outdoors in areas with winter temperatures below freezing. In the greenhouse, it seems to do best in about 50% shade. I have also noticed that it seems to need contant moisture, but very well drained planting medium, and would recommend using extra pine bark or other such material to promote drainage in the containers.


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