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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7382

Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

OLD NAME: Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

NEW NAME: Costus pulverulentus 'Pink Lips'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Form of Costus pulverulentus


STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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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 Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 4, December, 2013.

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.

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