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Datasheet for Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

Plant Datasheet for Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

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Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  leaf - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11574 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' leaf


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  mature inflo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11575 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' mature inflo


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  mature inflo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11576 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' mature inflo


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11577 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' bracts


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11578 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' bracts


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11579 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' bracteole and calyx


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11580 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' bracteole and calyx


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  bracteole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11581 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' bracteole


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11582 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' calyx


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11583 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' calyx


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  young inflo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11584 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' young inflo


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  young inflo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11585 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' young inflo


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11586 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11587 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11588 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' flower


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11589 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11590 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' stamen


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11591 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' stigma


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11592 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL Note stamen far exceeding labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11593 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL Note stamen far exceeding labellum


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11594 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL


Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11595 Accession# R2937
Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips' at Tropical Paradise Nursery, Davie, FL


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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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