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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 4203

Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus


OLD NAME: Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus

NEW NAME: Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus

NAME CHANGE NOTES:

FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chamaecostus lanceolatus (Petersen) C.Specht & D.W.Stev.

STATUS : accepted

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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SYNONYMS:
- Costus lanceolatus Petersen (1890)

BOTANICAL NOTES:
Chamaecostus lanceolatus is one of the most beautiful of the Chamaecostus species. There are two described subspecies, the main difference being in the shape of the inflorescence and the length of the bracts compared to the calyx. . The species was first described in 1890 from a type specimen of unknown locality in Brazil. The species is very wide ranging, growing in much of Amazonian Brazil and into adjoining French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and probably also in Bolivia. It flowers only in the early part of the rainy season and goes dormant in the dry season.I found 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. I have also seen this species growing in the state of Acre, Brazil and department Madre de Dios in Peru.

HORTICULTURAL NOTES:
I have grown this species from seeds and brought it to flower but currently I do not have it growing. I do not know of any other place where this species is in cultivation. I did a BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) plant search and it only showed one ex situ collection, which is probably from my upload for Le Jardin Ombragé.

ACCESSIONS:Click links (if any) to see details of individual collections. R3249- R3425- R3515-


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Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus, photo from Skinner R3249 at Alta Floresta, Brazil - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16 Accession# R3249
Chamaecostus lanceolatus subsp. lanceolatus, photo from Skinner R3249 at Alta Floresta, Brazil