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Datasheet for Costus letestui

Plant Datasheet for Costus letestui

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Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11097 Accession# R0
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11098 Accession# R0
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11099 Accession# R0
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11100 Accession# R0
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11101 Accession# R0
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus at Tom Wood Nursery, Archer, FL


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12407 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12408 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12409 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12410 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12411 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13002 Accession# R2986
Costus sp. possibly letestui syn. of C. lateriflorus


Costus letestui  Basal infloresecences of - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13003 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui Basal infloresecences of


Costus letestui  bract and bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13004 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui bract and bracteole


Costus letestui  bract and bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13005 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui bract and bracteole


Costus letestui  bicarinate bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13006 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui bicarinate bracteole


Costus letestui  bicarinate bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13007 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui bicarinate bracteole


Costus letestui  bicarinate bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13008 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui bicarinate bracteole


Costus letestui  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13009 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui calyx


Costus letestui  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13010 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui calyx


Costus letestui  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13011 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui corolla


Costus letestui  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13012 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui corolla


Costus letestui  corolla - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13013 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui corolla


Costus letestui  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13014 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui flower


Costus letestui  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13015 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui flower


Costus letestui  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13016 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui flower


Costus letestui - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13017 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui


Costus letestui  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13018 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui stamen


Costus letestui  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13019 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui stigma


Costus letestui  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 13020 Accession# R2986
Costus letestui stigma


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus letestui
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus letestui Pellegr.
STATUS :synonym
CONTINENT: African
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This African species is placed in synonymy with Costus lateriflorus (PID4878) 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)

NOTE: The plant in cultivation under this name has white flowers and does not fit the description of C. lateriflorus with its bright yellow labellum. The plant in cultivation under this name must be another species, to be determined.

The African Plant Database lists this species as accepted. Biology : Epiphytic herb; stems pendulouEcology : Forest, epiphyte; 70-1550 m alt.

W3Tropicos - http://mobot.mobot.org/W3T/Search/pick.html - Costus letestui Pellegr. - Author(s): ORSTOM Date: 1988 Publication: List of Vascular Plants of Gabon with Synonymy

ACCESSION NOTES:

Le Jardin Ombragé - Costus letestui - a medium sized African Costus, with basal blooming white flowers.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus letestui flower Costus letestui is a very different kind of Costus with large waxy leaves and large white flowers that can appear any time of year. This Costus is a lateral bloomer, meaning that the inflorescences form at the leaf axils - and also sometimes at the base. The form of this African species is somewhat like the yellow flowering Costus lateriflorus or the pink flowering Costus talbottii, but the white flowers are larger and showier.

The plant is easilly grown and will flower in a 6-8 inch pot, maturing at about 2 feet in height and width. The size makes this an ideal houseplant that can be grown outdoors in summer and indoors (or in a greenhouse) in winter. It seems to prefer medium shade. Hardiness has not been tested, but I doubt it would be winter hardy except in frost-free locations. I grow it in a loose, free draining peat and perlite mix with light applications of slow release fertilizer.


Costus letestui in plant Costus letestui as a potted plant

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