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Datasheet for Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'

Plant Datasheet for Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'


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Photo# 15450 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15451 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15452 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15453 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15454 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15455 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15456 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15457 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15458 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15459 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15460 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15461 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15462 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15463 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15464 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15465 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15466 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15467 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15468 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15469 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15470 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15471 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15472 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15093 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 15094 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15095 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 15096 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 15097 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 15098 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 15099 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 11687 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 11688 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11689 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11690 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11691 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11692 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11696 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11697 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11698 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11699 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11700 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11701 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11702 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11703 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11704 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11705 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11706 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11707 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11708 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11709 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11710 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
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Photo# 11711 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 11712 Specimen# R3208
Costus 'Cliff Dweller'
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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

PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
I first saw this plant in 2005, at the southern tip of the Osa Penisula, a place known as Cabo Matapalo. I did not know what species it was but thought that it was an example of a plant mentioned in the Manuel de Plantas of Costa Rica from the Isle de Caño as a possible hybrid or intermediate of C. comosus with C. Villosissimus. My report on this observation can be found at www.gingersrus.com/botanical/Matapalo.

I returned to the site in 2011 and examined the plants more closely. They were growing all along the steep slopes at the beach, right up to the edge of the sand, but were not found at all any farther up the slope. There were many mature inflorescences found but all were sterile, without any seeds, so either this is a sterile hybrid or the pollinator is absent from this area. This plant remains a mystery. For now I am placing it in C. comosus and ascribing a cultivar name as 'Cliff Dweller'.

This cultivar is described as follows: "Appears to be a hybrid or variety of C. comosus, plant is sterile, produces green bracts with long pendent triangular foliaceus appendages and yellow tubular flowers. Bracteole and calyx are white to pale green. Vegetative parts are glabrous to velutinous and ligule is extremely short (1-2 mm) and truncate. Leaf base is cordate unlike description of C. comosus." The cultivar Registry Photo at http://www.gingersrus.com/Registry/Costus_CliffDweller.jpg

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3208 is the sterile plant that was found at Cabo Matapalo and has been given the cultivar name 'Cliff Dweller'. This might be exactly the same as the other "maritimus" types found along the northern coast of the Golfo Dulce. They are shown at PID 6125. R3208 has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045789.


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