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Photo# 16991 Accession# R0
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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus quasi-appendiculatus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus quasi-appendiculatus Woodson ex Maas
This is an accepted neo-tropical Costus species described by Paul Maas as sp. nov. in 1972. This is a virtually unknown species, described as having a very short ligule (1-2mm), terminal inflorescence with reddish appendaged bracts the are reflexed and curl down at the apex. Maas says it can also be recognized by the exposed calyx during fructification. The type (collected in 1939) is from the Rio Bopi near Calisaya, La Paz, Bolivia between 750 and 900 meters. Five other collection records from Bolivia, Santa Cruz and Parque Nacional Amboro, were found in GBIF data.
Specimen at NYBG Herbarium - http://www.nybg.org/bsci/hcol/vasc/Costaceae.html
Image: Available at http://image.nybg.org/herbim/0611/Name: CostaceaeCostus quasi-appendiculatus Woodson (Isotype)ex Maas Image: Available Location: Bolivia. La Paz. Sur Yungas. Basin of RÃo Bopi, San Bartolome (near Calisaya). Alt. 750 - 900 m. Collector: B. A. Krukoff 1048701 Jul 1939-22 Jul 1939 Description: Herb. Fertile. Habitat: Publication: Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 8: 85. 1972. Other: NY Specimen ID: 320349