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Datasheet for Cheilocostus lacerus

Plant Datasheet for Cheilocostus lacerus


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Photo# 13255 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13256 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
From cultivated,


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Photo# 13257 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13258 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13259 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13260 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13310 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13261 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13311 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13312 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13313 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13314 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13315 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13316 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13317 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13318 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13319 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13320 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13262 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13321 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13322 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13323 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13324 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13325 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13326 Specimen# R2735
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13327 Specimen# R2974
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13263 Specimen# R2974
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13264 Specimen# R2974
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13265 Specimen# R2974
Hellenia lacera
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Photo# 13266 Specimen# R2974
Hellenia lacera
From cultivated,


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Cheilocostus lacerus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cheilocostus lacerus (Gagnep.) C.Specht
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Asian
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This species is superficially similar to Cheilocostus speciosus and thus often confused with it. I have had two different specimens of this species. One was received from Baton Rouge where it had been growing for many years in front of a hardware store. The other one was from the Smithsonian collections. Photos on this page are from both collections as indicated. See the Botanical Description page (at the link above) for more details.

Described in Flora of China, Vol. 24 (Flagellariaceae-Marantaceae). Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden.

W3Tropicos - http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/pick.html - Costus lacerus Gagnep.Published in: Bulletin de la Societe Botanique de France 50: 261. 1903. {Bull. Soc. Bot. France ; BPH 275.24}

ACCESSION NOTES:
R2735 was received from Maradee Cryer who found it growing in front of a hardware store in Baton Rouge. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045829.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus lacerus flowers This is a plant that is similar to and often confused with Cheilocostus speciosus. The distinguishing characteristic is the lacerated edges of the dark red bracts and calyx. Cheilocostus speciosus has sharply pointed bracts with solid edges. Cheilocostus lacerus is also a somewhat showier (IMO) plant that Cheilocostus speciosus, ofter producing 4 to 5 large flowers at the same time as in the picture below.

This plant has been well tested for hardiness, both here and in Baton Rouge where I got my original, so I know it is hardy at least to zone 8B. It may well be hardy in even colder areas, as it has thrived quite well here for many years even in our coldest winters, always coming back up and flowering well by mid summer.

Cheilocostus lacerus gets quite tall, as much as 8 feet in my garden, in about 4-5 hours of direct sun. The stems are very thick and strong allowing the huge flower head to be well supported. Cheilocostus lacerus will produce lots of seeds and a few of them are likely to self seed in your garden. Costus lacerus should be given very rich, moist organic soil with plenty of water during its active growth.


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