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Datasheet for Costus macranthus

Plant Datasheet for Costus macranthus

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BOTANICAL NAME: Costus macranthus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus macranthus K.Schum.
STATUS :Accepted

This African species is recognized 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,

The African Plant Database lists this species as accepted. Biology : Perennial herb to c. 20 cm tall; leafy stems borne laterally on the rhizome Ecology : Deciduous woodland; open bush; wooded grassland; often on rocky hillsides; in sandy soil; 250-1700 m alt.
NOTE: This plant is said to be very similar to Costus spectabilis, but the flowers are larger and are produced before or during the leaves.

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

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