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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7458

Costus 'Tico Tower'

OLD NAME: Costus 'Tico Tower'

NEW NAME: Costus 'Tico Tower'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Natural hybrid


STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found in southern Costa Rica. Published in the Heliconia Society Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012. This plant was found on the floodplains of the Rio Rincon on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. It appears to have characters of C. lima except with green bract appendages and longer yellow tubular flowers. The plant grows quite tall, up to 4 meters, with thick hairs on all the vegetative parts. The ligule is short and truncate with a reddish margin. Bracts are red with green, triangular foliaceous appendages that are pendent on the inflorescence. Bracteole is 22 mm long, calyx is 15 mm, corolla and labellum are bright yellow, stamen is red at the apex.

Cultivar Registry Photo at Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 20, No. 1, March, 2014.

This is a natural hybrid found in 2006 on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica on the flood plain of the Rio Rincon. I believe it is a hybrid of Costus lima, possibly with Costus villosissimus.

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