Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7498
OLD NAME: Cheilocostus borneensis
NEW NAME: Parahellenia borneensis
NAME CHANGE NOTES: Moved to the new genua Parahellenia
FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hellenia borneensis (A.D.Poulsen) Govaerts (per KEW)
STATUS : accepted
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This species was recently described and named by Drs. Axel Poulsen and Chelsea Specht in 2010 in the Gardens Bulletin Singapore 62 (1): 143-150. 2010. It is closely related to the widespread C. globosus from which it differs by the chocolate-brown sheaths, absence of axillary shoots on vegetative stems, larger leathery leaves, and by its calyx that is not prickly. The full article can be downloaded on this website at http://www.gingersrus.com/images/P7498/PoulsenSpecht_GBS2010.pdf
Further details and description chart can be found at the Botanical Description page link above.
In communication with Chen Juan of the South China Botanical Garden, he said he has seen a species with some similarities between this species and also the Costus globosus form I have registered with the cultivar name 'Peach Cobbler'. He said that the plant "grows on the edge of a wet rock or a steep slope with moisture and humus soils. That is why it hasn't found by anyone. We have went there for three time but haven't collect a flower. "
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