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Datasheet for Costus guanaiensis aff. var. macrostrobilus Bilsa plicate

Plant Datasheet for Costus guanaiensis aff. var. macrostrobilus Bilsa plicate

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Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16227 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16228 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16229 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16230 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16231 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16232 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16233 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, at John Mood garden


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador, upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16234 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador, upper leaf hairs


Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador, lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16235 Accession# R3070
Costus aff. guanaiensis from Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador, lower leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis Bilsa plicate form, upper leaf surface hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18012 Accession# R3070
Costus guanaiensis Bilsa plicate form, upper leaf surface hairs


Costus guanaiensis Bilsa plicate form, lower leaf surface hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18013 Accession# R3070
Costus guanaiensis Bilsa plicate form, lower leaf surface hairs


Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, upper leaf surface hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18015 Accession# R3202
Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, upper leaf surface hairs


Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, upper leaf surface hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18016 Accession# R3202
Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, upper leaf surface hairs


Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, lower leaf surface hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18017 Accession# R3202
Costus guanaiensis Siete Cataratas, lower leaf surface hairs



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus guanaiensis aff. var. macrostrobilus Bilsa plicate
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
During my 2007 trip to Ecuador I went to the Reserva Bilsa in the Esmeraldas Province. One plant that is common in the area has broad plicate leaves with purple undersides. When I finally found this plant in flower it had green appendaged bracts and flowers that are similar to Costus guanaiensis. The founder of the reserve, John Clark was there and he told me that Paul Maas had visited there in 1992, and had told him this plant is a new, undescribed species.

These plants have thick hairs on both sides of the leaves, but they feel somewhat scabrous and therefore might be examples of var. macrostrobilus, but I cannot say for certain. The hairiness is somewhat variable on separate shoots even on the same plant!

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3068 and R3070 did not survive. R3071 from cuttings has grown but no flowers yet. It has moderately dense hairs on both sides of the leaves except sparse hairs along midrib on upper side.


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