|Want to buy some rare gingers? Check out my commercial site. CLICK HERE to see what is available.|
CLICK HERE for a detailed botanical description and identification key for this species (opens in new window).
PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus araneosus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus araneosus Gagnep.
This African species is placed in synonymy with Costus ligularis (PID3731) 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)
The type specimen photo is at http://plants.jstor.org/specimen/p00436092 Collected in 1884 at Brazzaville Congo, J. de Brazza. Museum Nationall d'Histoire Naturelle. It was described in 1902. It was placed by Schumann in subgenus Metacostus, having a lateral inflorescence, non-appendaged bracts, and large flowers to 6 cm long. Closely related to C. lateriflorus but with larger bracts and undersides of leaves softly tomentose instead of glabrous.
The African Plant Database lists this species as having an uncertain status.