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Datasheet for Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

Plant Datasheet for Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'


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Photo# 11592 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11593 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11594 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11595 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11574 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11575 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11576 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11577 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11578 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11579 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11580 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11581 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11582 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11583 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11584 Specimen# R2937
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Photo# 11585 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11586 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11587 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11588 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11589 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11590 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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Photo# 11591 Specimen# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
Named and distributed by Joseph Fondeur, Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, Florida. Origin unknown but similar plant is found in cultivation and has escaped from cultivated areas in Hawaii, considered invasive there. A compact form of C. pulverulentus with pale pink bracts and pink flowers. Plant grows to 1 meter tall or less, stems, ligules and leaves are glabrous. Ligules are truncate to slightly lobed, 2-3 mm long and usually with a purplish margin. Inflorescence is fusiform, bracts have fibrous margins and flowers have a stamen far exceeding the labelum - all characters common for the species pulverulentus. The main page with information about the species Costus pulverulentus can be found at PID 3353.

Cultivar Registry Photo at http://www.gingersrus.com/Registry/Costus_PinkLips.jpg

ACCESSION NOTES:
R2937 - This form of C. pulverulentus typically self-seeds without introducing pollinators even in my Tallahassee greenhouse. It is thus easilly spread and is potentially invasive in warm tropical or subtropical climates.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
Costus 'Pink Lips' I found this plant at a nursery in South Florida, where it was not identified, but later named as Costus 'Pink Lips' by the owner. He got it from a collector in Hawaii where it has spread like crazy from seeds and may be somewhat invasive. In colder climates it is not a problem. I have identified it as a dwarf form of the widespread Costus pulverulentus. I have seen similar forms of C. pulverulentus in Panama which might be its origin. It grows and blooms at under 3 feet tall, and the bracts are green, turning pinkish-red, with the typical shaped flowers of Costus pulverulentus - corolla lobes curled out, stamen much longer than labellum. The inflorescence is also typical, fusiform in shape with the margins of the bracts fibrous. It ise a fairly vigorous grower, and flowered for me the first year from a rhizome.

Hardiness is untested, but possibly this is hardy zone 8B to 9. Its compact size makes it an excellent candidate for growing in a pot so you can move it indoors in winter if necessary. It will grow best in a few hours direct sunlight, I have been growing it under 20% shade but it was growing under shadier conditions in South Florida.


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