Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 4878
OLD NAME: Costus lateriflorus
NEW NAME: Costus lateriflorus
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FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus lateriflorus Baker
STATUS : accepted
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- Costus letestui Pellegr. (1929)
This African species is recognized in Paul Maas' monograph on African Costaceae, published on 16 December 2016. (Monograph of African Costaceae, H. Maas-van de Kamer, P.J.M. Maas, J.J. Wieringa, C.D. Specht, Blumea 61, 2016: 280 - 318, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nhn/blumea/2016/00000061/00000003/art00010)
Paul Maas has determined three species that he considers "epiphytic African species": Costus lateriflorus, Costus lilaceus, and Costus talbotii. C. lateriflorus is described as having flowers with a bright yellow labellum, either placed on inflorescences laterally at the leaf axils or terminating a separate leafless shoot (never seen in cultivated plants). He distinguishes it from C. talbotii and C. lilaceus by their flower colors (pink or lilac). One of the cultivated epiphytic types known as Costus letestui is considered by Paul Maas to be a synonym of C. lateriflorus, but it has nearly pure white flowers, so it perhaps should be considered a separate species from the other three epiphytics.
The African Plant Database lists this species as accepted. Biology : Epiphyte with leafy shoots apparently sarmentose; leaf blade ovate, glabrous Ecology : Ecology unknown (? Forest); 5-975 m alt.
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