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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7357

Costus edulis

OLD NAME: Costus edulis

NEW NAME: Costus edulis



STATUS : synonym


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This African species is placed in synonymy with Costus afer (PID3430) 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,

Type is at Identification as type of Costus edulis De Wild. & T.Durand [family COSTACEAE]; then as Costus dubius (Afzel.) K.Schum. [family COSTACEAE] (stored under name); Verified by P.J.M. & Maas H. & Specht C., 2002/11/12

The African Plant Database lists this species as a syn. For C. dubius.

Schumann describes this species and places in subgenus Eucostus - Das Pflanzenreich IV, 1904.

Listed in the Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert in the Belgium Congo, 1955 - 1.5 to 3 meters tall, inflo is 10-30 cm, flowers white, similar to Costus trachyphyllus.


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