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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 4604

Costus sprucei

OLD NAME: Costus sprucei

NEW NAME: Costus sprucei


FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus sprucei Maas

STATUS : accepted

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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Costus sprucei is recorded in two separate regions of Brazil. In the east it is found in the state of Pará. In the west it is recorded in Acre and Rondônia. Its flowering period is not clear from this data. This is an accepted neo-tropical Costus species described in 1972 by Paul Maas. I have never seen this species in the wild or in photos and based on the description by Paul Maas, it is distinguished from C. lasius and from C. scaber by its chartaceous (rather than coriaceous) bracts, and is distinguished from C. chartaceus by the shorter bracteole and calyx and hairiness of the sheaths and leaves. One specimen (Campbell #8951)from Acre in Brazil at NYBG herbarium was det'd as C. sprucei by Dr. Maas and it has a basal type inflorescence. - listed and described - one of three species of Costaceae found in the Reserva Ducke - near Manaus, Brazil at the junction of the Amazon and the Rio Negro.

Based on information at the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) this species is not in ex situ cultivation at any reporting botanical gardens. This species really needs to be collected and conserved as it is quite rare in the wild.

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Photo# 532 Accession# R0
Costus sprucei type specimen