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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7517

Costus kuntzei 'Lita Red'

OLD NAME: Costus laevis 'Lita Red'

NEW NAME: Costus kuntzei 'Lita Red'



STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found in Ecuador near the town of Lita. Plant generally fits description of C. kuntzei but with cherry red bracts and matching red flowers with a large open labellum. Plant grows to about 3 meters tall, vegetative parts all glabrous, ligule and petiole 15 mm long. Bracts are deep red with distinct nectar callus, corolla and stamen are red. Labellum is broad and spreading cherry red with a yellow throat.

Cultivar Registry Photo at Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 4, December, 2013.


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