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Datasheet for Costus 'Darth Vader'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'Darth Vader'

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Photo# 12493 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 12494 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 12495 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 12496 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 15359 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 15360 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 15361 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 15362 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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Photo# 15363 Accession# R2743
Costus 'Darth Vader'


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus 'Darth Vader'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
Origin unknown, distributed by Heliconia Paradise in Thailand as Costus speciosus, named and introduced by Dave Skinner. Dark red bracts with fibrous margins, C. scaber type flowers are dark orange, mature inflorescences turning dark brown on maturity and decayed on inflorescence that is continuing to flower. Vegetative parts are mostly glabrous, ligule typically has long fibers at margins and a purplish ring around the margin.

Cultivar Registry Photo at http://www.gingersrus.com/Registry/Costus_DarthVader.jpg

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:

This plant wins the ugly prize, only a true Costus lover will buy this plant. I ordered rhizomes from Jorg Pein's Heliconia Paradise in Thailand where it was listed as Costus speciosus. When the plant grew and flowered it was obviously not that species but I don't know for sure what it is. It has the fibrous margins to the bracts like Costus pulverulenus but the flowers are the C. scaber type and in a color like Mark Collins' 'Belize Yellow'. So it may have just been an odd hybrid seedling.

I send most of my collections to my friend John Mood to grow in Hawaii, including this one. In 2010 I was visiting his place and there was this plant, looking like the photos below. All I could think of is that the "dark side" had taken this plant - thus the name 'Darth Vader'. So if you are just a little weird, you might want to add this to your collection.



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