GingersRus is a trademark of Le Jardin Ombragé
Click on logo above to go to GingersRus HOMEPAGE.
Want to buy some rare gingers? Check out my commercial site. CLICK HERE to see what is available.

Datasheet for Costus bicolor

Plant Datasheet for Costus bicolor

CLICK HERE for a detailed botanical description and identification key for this species (opens in new window).

PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus bicolor
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus bicolor J.Braun & K.Schum.
STATUS :unknown
CONTINENT: African
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This African species is listed as an "insufficiently known name" 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)

This is believed to be a valid African species of Costus first described in 1889. The type is from Cameroun. It was described as follows in Flora of Tropical Africa, Vol 7, page 293 (1898) Author: (By J. G. BAKER.)
Leafy stem slender, 10–20 in. long. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 2–4 in. long, acuminate, narrowed to the base, firm in texture, glabrous on both surfaces. Flowering peduncle short, with only sheaths from the nodes. Spike 2-flowered; bracts not longer than the ovary. Calyx violet, funnel-shaped, 1/2 in. long; lobes very short. Corolla 1 in. long; lobes narrowly lanceolate. Lip obovate, golden-yellow, 2 in. long, crenulate on the margin; process of fertile stamen lanceolate, acuminate. From Upper Guinea Cameroons: Muha, near Malimba, in woods, Braun!

The African Plant Database lists this species as uncertain status.

The African Plant Database lists this species as having uncertain status. Ecology : Cameroon, Muha near Malimba: flooded places along river, epiphyte on thick tree (Braun 91); on mountain top near Bangwa station; 1400-1500 m alt.

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


Copyright © 1999-2016 - Dave Skinner, GingersRus.com
All text and images on this page are copyrighted. They may be downloaded and/or printed for personal use and scientific research, but may not be published in paper or electronic media without my express consent. They absolutely may not be used commercially in any way whatsoever without my express consent. To inquire about permissions, contact skinnerd@nettally.com