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Datasheet for Costus laevis aff. laevis 'El Gato'

Plant Datasheet for Costus laevis aff. laevis 'El Gato'

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Costus aff. 'El Gato' - photo from Peru, Andes to Amazon Project - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15591 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - photo from Peru, Andes to Amazon Project


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - seen along El Oso Road in southeastern Ecuadoer - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15592 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - seen along El Oso Road in southeastern Ecuadoer


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - seen along El Oso Road in southeastern Ecuadoer - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15593 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - seen along El Oso Road in southeastern Ecuadoer


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15594 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru.  Some of the plants, especially the younger ones have distinctive red undersides to the leaves, petiole and ligule. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15595 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Some of the plants, especially the younger ones have distinctive red undersides to the leaves, petiole and ligule.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru.  Stamen of a pink flowering plant. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15596 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Stamen of a pink flowering plant.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru.  Pink flowering plant. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15597 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15598 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15599 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15600 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru. Pink flowering plant.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence.  Looking nearly identical to the plant first found at Gualaquiza, Ecuador. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15601 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence. Looking nearly identical to the plant first found at Gualaquiza, Ecuador.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15602 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15603 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with pendent inflorescence


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with flower mostly white - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15604 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with flower mostly white


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with basal inflorescence.  I only saw a few plants that flowered at the base. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15605 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with basal inflorescence. I only saw a few plants that flowered at the base.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with basal inflorescence - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15606 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla with basal inflorescence


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla.  Most plants had white labellums but a few like this one had pink or red labellums. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15607 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla. Most plants had white labellums but a few like this one had pink or red labellums.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla.  Pink form. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15608 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla. Pink form.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla.  Here also, some of the plants had the distinctive purple ligules, others were green. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15609 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla. Here also, some of the plants had the distinctive purple ligules, others were green.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla.  Plant with purple ligule, petiole and leaf undersides. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15610 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Manu plant from Pantiacolla. Plant with purple ligule, petiole and leaf undersides.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15611 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15612 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15613 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15614 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15615 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15616 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador.  Note characteristing red spots on sheath. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15617 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivated by Jim West at Reserva Rio Guaycuyacu in Ecuador. Note characteristing red spots on sheath.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Cultivar Registry photo at www.heliconia.org.  These photos are from the Gualaquiza Ecuador plant found in 2007. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15618 Accession# R0
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - Cultivar Registry photo at www.heliconia.org. These photos are from the Gualaquiza Ecuador plant found in 2007.


Costus 'El Gato' - showing the wide geographic range of this undescribed species. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15619 Accession# R0
Costus 'El Gato' - showing the wide geographic range of this undescribed species.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15620 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15621 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15622 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15623 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15624 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15625 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15626 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15627 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15628 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from  Jerry Seymore.  Origin unknown. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15629 Accession# R2949
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - cultivatred plant from Jerry Seymore. Origin unknown.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12756 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505


Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12757 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505


Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12758 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 ligule


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 basal stems - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12759 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 basal stems


Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12760 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12761 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 flower


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12762 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 corolla lobes


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12763 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 stamen


Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12764 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 stamen


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12765 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 labellum


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12766 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 labellum


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12767 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 bracts


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12768 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 bracts


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12769 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 bracts


Costus aff. 'El Gato' -  from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12770 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505 bracteole and calyx


Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #740505 - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12771 Accession# R3006
Costus aff. 'El Gato' - from Colombia at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #740505


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15650 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15651 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - habitat photo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15652 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - habitat photo


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - habitat photo - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15653 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - habitat photo


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15654 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15655 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador.  Note characteristic red spots on sheath (not seen on Peru plants) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15656 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador. Note characteristic red spots on sheath (not seen on Peru plants)


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15657 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador, now in cultivation. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15658 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador, now in cultivation.


Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15659 Accession# R3079
Costus 'El Gato' - plant found in 2007 near Gualaquiza, Ecuador


Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. (plant was cut down to get better photo of infl.) - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15660 Accession# R3080
Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. (plant was cut down to get better photo of infl.)


Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. In cultivation in my greenhouse. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15661 Accession# R3080
Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. In cultivation in my greenhouse.


Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador.   Note characteristic shape of the labellum, with parallel (flattened) wings. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15662 Accession# R3080
Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. Note characteristic shape of the labellum, with parallel (flattened) wings.


Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15663 Accession# R3080
Costus 'El Gato' found near Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador.


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15756 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15757 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15758 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15759 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15760 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15761 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15762 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15763 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15764 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


Costus aff. 'El Gato'  from Manu Learning Center, Peru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15765 Accession# R3260
Costus aff. 'El Gato' from Manu Learning Center, Peru


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus laevis aff. laevis 'El Gato'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
I first saw this form in 2007 in southeastern Ecuador near the town of Gualaquiza. It was on the property of a young man who was known in town as 'El Gato' because of his green eyes - something unusual for inhabitants of that area. I had no real idea what it was at first but I eventually registered it with the cultivar name of 'El Gato'. It is characterized by its pendent inflorescence, non-appendaged bracts and open labellum flower that is mostly white in color.

Cultivar Description (from Registry): The primary distinguishing character is the pendent inflorescence, otherwise found only in Costus bracteatus in Central America. Bracts are dark red, non-appendaged, and without fibrous margins. The bracts are distinctively concave in shape forming a cone somewhat similar to Costus scaber, but the flower has a broad, open labellum, mostly white, with a yellow throat and variable amounts of pink color on the labellum wings. The labellum wings are usually parallel to each other giving a flattened appearance to the flower. There are also noticable spots on the stems, most pronounced on the lower part of the stems.

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

Since that 2007 visit to Ecuador, I have seen many other similar looking plants from the same region in Ecuador and also from Colombia and southern Peru. It fits best among currently described species as Costus laevis, but may well be a new and undescribed species.

ACCESSION NOTES:
The following accessions/photos are now attributed to this plant form I am calling Costus 'El Gato'.

  • R2949 from Jerry Seymore in Houston Texas, origin unknown. Cultivar called 'Jungle Jerry'. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045833.

  • R3006, No. 74505 at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, origin Cajamarca, Tolima, Colombia.

  • R3060, growing at Reserva Rio Guaycuya, Ecuador, origin unknown

  • R3079 was collected near Gualaquiza, Ecuador. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045799.

  • R3080 from Mision Bomboiza, Ecuador

  • Other areas in Zamora-Chinchipe province of southeastern Ecuador. Its range extends all along the Rio Zamora valley and also to points west along the Rio Yacuambi and the El Osa Road west of Yantaza and El Pangui. http://www.gingersrus.com/images/P7509

  • R3260 at Manu Learning Centre, southern Peru and at Pantiacolla, southern Peru (http://www.gingersrus.com/images/R3260)

    OBSERVATION NOTES:

    Finca of Hugo, north of Gualaquiza, Ecuador, Latitude -3.396, Longitude -78.566, at 1075 meters elevation.

    Misión Bomboiza, Morona-Santiago Province, Ecuador, Latitude -3.45, Longitude -78.55, at 800 meters elevation.

    Near Rio Yacuambi along road from Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -3.92062, Longitude -78.84708, at 900 meters elevation.

    Manu Learning Centre, Manú Province, Peru, Latitude -12.78922, Longitude -71.39172, at 480 meters elevation.

    Pantiacolla, Manú Province, Peru, Latitude -12.65, Longitude -71.24, at 500 meters elevation.

    GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
    Okay Costus fans, this one really has me mystified. I first collected this species in 2007 at a small private botanical reserve owned by a very eccentric young man the locals call "El Gato" because of his green eyes, unusual for the indo-hispanic residents of the area. It's a long story, but if you are interested and if you can read Spanish find my story of about this plant exploration trip on my website at http://www.gingersrus.com/espanol/HuidaDesdeGualaquiza. .

    Okay, back to the plant. I found a plant as shown below at "El Gato's" place and also at a Salesian Mission at the nearby village of Bomboiza. I think the closest match is the species Costus amazonicus, but Dr. Paul Maas has reviewed the photos and said it is not C. amazonicus. I thought it might be just a one-time occurance, perhaps a hybrid, until January 2013 when I found identical plants growing 1000 miles to the south in southern Peru!

    So…. I am not really sure, but it may be a new and undescribed species, and for now I am calling it Costus 'El Gato'. It is is a real beauty, with an arching form and pendent inflorescence, large white flowers with variable amount of red or pink markings on the labellum. The bracts are dark red making a nice contrast.

    Shown here is the variation in flower colors I have seen on this plant both in Ecuador and in Peru as well as in my own seed-grown plants.



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