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Datasheet for Chamaecostus lanceolatus

Plant Datasheet for Chamaecostus lanceolatus


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Photo# 13186 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13187 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13188 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13189 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13190 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13191 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13192 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13193 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13194 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13195 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13196 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13197 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13198 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13111 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13112 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13113 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13114 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13115 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13116 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13117 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13118 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13119 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13120 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13121 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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Photo# 13122 Specimen# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus
From Brazil, Mato Grosso


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Chamaecostus lanceolatus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chamaecostus lanceolatus (Petersen) C.Specht & D.W.Stev.
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:
Costus lanceolatus Petersen (1890),

BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is a beautiful red flowering species and is described in two forms - subspecies lanceolatus and subspecies pulchriflous, distinguished by the shape of the inflorescence and the length of the bracts compared to the calyx. I found this subspecies of C. lanceolatus (subsp. lanceolatus) in Mato Grosso state in Brazil in the Alta Floresta area and at Cristalino. It was quite common there, usually growing in rocky areas. I wrote an article about the Chamaecostus of Cristalino published in the December 2012 issue of the Heliconia Society International quarterly Bulletin.

December 2013 issue of the Heliconia Society International Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 4

Thiago Andre published results of phylogeny of Chamaecostus.

Chamaecostus lanceolatus is a much sought after plant with its beautiful red flowers. I had only seen a few photos of it on the internet but it is very common in the Alta Floresta area of Brazil. I have prepared a thumbnail sheet with some of my photos of this amazing plant at http://www.gingersrus.com/COSTACEAE/Chamaecostus/lanceolatus/subsp-lanceolatus/

On the internet I saw a photo of a "Costus sp." at the Los Amigos biological station in southern Peru. The plant and inflorescence appeared to be the same as the C. lanceolatus I had seen, but the flower color was orange instead of red. In discussing this with Thiago Andre, he confirmed that the range of this species extends into Amazonian parts of the state of Acre in Brazil and into Peru, but the flower colors tend to be more orange than red.

ACCESSION NOTES:

OBSERVATION NOTES:

Alta Floresta - MT, Brazil, Latitude -9.878, Longitude -56.103, at 300 meters elevation.

Cristalino, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Latitude -9.588321389, Longitude -55.91817833, at 330 meters elevation.


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