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Datasheet for Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'

Plant Datasheet for Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'

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Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   habit - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11687 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - habit


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  new shoot from base of inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11688 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - new shoot from base of inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   inflorescense - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11689 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - inflorescense


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  inflorescense - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11690 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - inflorescense


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica base stems - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11691 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica base stems


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaf base and ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11692 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaf base and ligule


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   leaf base and ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11693 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - leaf base and ligule


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaves - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11694 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaves


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaves - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11695 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica leaves


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica inflorescense - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11696 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica inflorescense


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica habitat - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11697 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica habitat


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica habit - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11698 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica habit


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica inflorescense - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11699 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica inflorescense


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11700 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11701 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11702 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11703 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11704 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11705 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11706 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11707 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica corolla lobes


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11708 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica corolla lobes


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11709 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica bracteole


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11710 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica flower


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11711 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica flower


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11712 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Cabo Matapalo near Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica stamen


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15093 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - flower


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'- flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15094 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'- flower


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15095 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - stamen


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15096 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15097 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15098 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15099 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15450 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  new shoot from base of inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15451 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - new shoot from base of inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15452 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15453 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   base stems - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15454 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - base stems


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - leaf base and ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15455 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - from Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - leaf base and ligule


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  leaf base and ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15456 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - leaf base and ligule


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   leaves - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15457 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - leaves


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   leaves - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15458 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - leaves


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15459 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15460 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15461 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller'


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15462 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - inflorescence


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15463 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15464 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15465 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15466 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15467 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracts and appendages - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15468 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracts and appendages


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -   bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15469 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracteole and calyx


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15470 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - corolla lobes


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15471 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - corolla lobes


Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' -  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15472 Accession# R3208
Costus comosus 'Cliff Dweller' - bracteole


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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