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Datasheet for Costus productus 'Barbatus Dwarf'

Plant Datasheet for Costus productus 'Barbatus Dwarf'

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Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15533 Accession# R3022
Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus)


Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15534 Accession# R3022
Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus)


Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15535 Accession# R3022
Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus)


Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15536 Accession# R3022
Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus)


Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15537 Accession# R3022
Costus 'barbatus dwarf' (cultivar name - not related to the species C. barbatus)


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus productus 'Barbatus Dwarf'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
This plant has been sold under that name by Aloha Tropicals. It is NOT Costus barbatus or anything like it, it is a form of Costus productus. I have found that most of the names of Costus at Aloha Tropicals are either misspelled or completely wrong in the identification. R3022 was received from Bob Campos. It has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045818.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
This is the plant that is sold by Aloha Tropicals under the name "Barbatus Dwarf", but it is not Costus barbatus. As a matter of fact, even the plant that is widely sold as Costus barbatus is not really Costus barbatus. I finally discovered the "real" Costus barbatus in 2011, but that is another story, told elsewhere on my website.

This one appears to be a form of Costus productus. The plant grows to about 3 feet tall and has very pretty plicate foliage. I grow it in part shade during the summer but it is not hardy outdoors here in my Tallahassee zone 8-B garden.

In June 2016 a name-the-costus contest was held on Facebook group Planet Heliconia-Ginger, and the cultivar name 'Dwarf Star'was the winner.



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