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Datasheet for Costus guanaiensis aff. var. guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte'

Plant Datasheet for Costus guanaiensis aff. var. guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte'

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Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte scanned photo of infl. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10845 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte scanned photo of infl.


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10846 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte ligule


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte leaf apex - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10847 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - at Univ. of NC, Charlotte leaf apex


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10848 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10849 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10850 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10851 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10852 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10853 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - flower


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10854 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - flower


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10855 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - flower


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10856 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - corolla lobes


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  corolla lobes - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10857 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - corolla lobes


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10858 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - stamen


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  stamen - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10859 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - stamen


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10860 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - labellum


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  labellum - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10861 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - labellum


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  basal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10862 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - basal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -   basal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10863 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - basal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -   basal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10864 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - basal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -   basal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10865 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - basal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -   terminal bloom - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10866 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - terminal bloom


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10867 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  bracts - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10868 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - bracts


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10869 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - bracteole and calyx


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  bracteole and calyx - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10870 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - bracteole and calyx


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10871 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - stigma


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10872 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - stigma


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -  stigma - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10873 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - stigma


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' - - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10874 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte' -


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte', upper leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16203 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte', upper leaf hairs


Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte', lower leaf hairs - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16204 Accession# R2876
Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte', lower leaf hairs


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus guanaiensis aff. var. guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is a compact form of the diverse species C. guanaiensis. It grows to about 1 meter tall and wide, free flowering both from basal shoots and terminal on leafy stems. Stems, ligules, petiole, leaves, bracts, bracteoles and calyx are all thickly covered with short hairs. Inflorescence is typical C. guanaiensis with green bract appendages and creamy white flowers with spreading type labellum, red striped and yellow throat. Flowers have a long deeply incised anther crest 25-28 mm from the thecae to the apex. Formerly referred to as "Compact Form". Photos were sent to Paul and Hiltje Maas and identified as Costus guanaiensis var. guanaiensis. It flowers both basal and terminal and has long dense hairs on both sides of the leaves.

The origin of this form is unknown. The plant was found in the greenhouse at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, they said it was received many years ago from an orchid collector in Orlando, Florida. The cultivar is named and introduced by Dave Skinner.

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

ACCESSION NOTES:
R2876, has been easy to grow and bring to flower. This collection has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045792.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
terminal inflorescence NOTE: This was formerly listed simply as C. guanaiensis Compact Form but now has been given the cultivar name 'Sweet Charlotte'.

Costus guanaiensis is usually found in a form that grows to well over 8 feet tall, and only produces terminal flowers (at the top of the plant). They are beautiful flowers, but hard to see at that height and hard to grow in the average greenhouse. Offered here is a very compact form of Costus guanaiensis that not only produces terminal flowers, but also basal flowers on the same plant! It grows to about 3 feet tall and is well suited for growing in pots. In frost free areas it makes a good garden plant, easy to place in the landscape and relatively showy due to the dual-blooming nature. I found this plant growing in the greenhouse at the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus. They told me it was acquired many years ago from an orchid grower in Central Florida, but the precise origins of this plant are unknown. I have seen plenty of the taller forms of Costus guanaiensis in the rainforests of Central and South America, but never a form like this.

This Costus has not been tested for hardiness, but I doubt it will survive outdoors in zones north of zone 10. In a pot in the greenhouse, it is very easy to grow, vigorous and free flowering.


basal inflorescence' Costus guanaiensis compact form

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