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Datasheet for Paracostus muluensis

Plant Datasheet for Paracostus muluensis

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Paracostus aff. mulensis photo by Carla Black         - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17496 Accession# R0
Paracostus aff. mulensis photo by Carla Black


Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak    - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17497 Accession# R0
Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak


Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak    - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17498 Accession# R0
Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak


Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak    - Click to see full sized image
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Paracostus aff. muluensis at Lambir Hills, Sarawak


Paracostus aff. muluensis, photo by John Mood         - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17500 Accession# R0
Paracostus aff. muluensis, photo by John Mood


Paracostus aff. muluensis, photo by John Mood         - Click to see full sized image
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Paracostus aff. muluensis, photo by John Mood



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Paracostus muluensis
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus muluensis Meekiong, Ipor & Tawan
STATUS :Accepted
CONTINENT: Asian
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
NOTE: Three new species were described in 2006 in Folio Malaysiana, Vol. 7 (1 & 2): pages 55-72. The authors acknowledged the reclassification of plants in subgenus paracostus by Chelsea Specht a few months earlier, but argued that this subgenus had been insufficiently studied and did not accept that reclassification. In a 2010 personal communication with Lim Chong Keat I was told that they were still maintaining that these species should remain as a subgenus of Costus. I am placing them here in the new genus Paracostus, but retaining the authors' original classification in the genus Costus for their formal scientific names.

Paracostus (Costus) muluensis is distinguished from Paracostus paradoxus by its white flowers with a yellow patch on the labellum instead of yellow flowers. It is found in the same areas of Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Habitat is damp and wet places near streams. It does not have the bullate upper surface to the leaves as does the other two newly described species of Paracostus.


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