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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7183

Costus 'Darth Vader'

OLD NAME: Costus 'Darth Vader'

NEW NAME: Costus 'Darth Vader'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Hybrid cultivated by Dave Skinner


STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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Origin unknown, distributed by Heliconia Paradise in Thailand as Costus speciosus but completely erroneously, 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.

This cultivar looks very much like the plants I have seen in Bocas del Toro, Panama that seem to have a Costus pulverulentus inflorescence shape with dark red bracts that have fibrous margins, but the flowers are more like Costus scaber flowers. The calyx however is 14 mm long, thus effectively eliminating C. scaber which has a much shorter calyx. As the plant matures, the bracts and faded flowers turn a dark brown (go "to the dark side") - thus the cultivar name for this plant.

Cultivar Registry Photo at Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 4, December, 2013.


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