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Datasheet for Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'

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Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17158 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17159 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17160 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17161 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - in habitat, believed natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17162 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17163 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17164 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17165 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17166 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


Costus 'Rancho Sunrise' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17167 Accession# R3161
Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus 'Rancho Sunrise'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found near Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica. This is apparently a natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. villosissimus. The plant grows to about 2 meters tall, with short, sparse hairs on stems and leaves, ligule is slightly lobed and about 1 cm long. The bracts are mostly unappendaged except for some of the lower bracts and bract color ranges from green to reddish green. The flowers are tubular with pale orange corolla lobes but solid yellow labellums and a stemen that extends beyond the labellum.

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

In July 2016 I returned to Rancho Mastatal and along the road leading to the entrance to Parque Nacional La Cangreja, I found that this plant form has been cultivated extensively by property owners along the road. Some plants had more appendaged bracts than others and the flower forms were somewhat different but all were clearly hybrids of the local Costus pulverulentus with Costus villosissimus. Photos from this trip are at http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3811837.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3161

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
I found this plant growing along a roadside in Costa Rica near Rancho Mastatal - a wonderful place that includes an education center, working permaculture farm, lodge and community rooted in environmental sustainability, meaningful, place-based livelihoods, and caring relationships (these superlatives taken from there website, but not at all exagerated). The plant grows to about 2 meters (7 feet) tall and produces the most unusual flower form on top of huge, tropical looking and closely spaced leaves. I believe it to be a natural hybrid of Costus villosissimus with Costus pulverulentus. It is probably not winter hardy north of USDA Zone 9A.




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