Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7531
Costus sinningiiflorus 'Sweet Charlotte'
CURRENT NAME: Costus guanaiensis 'Sweet Charlotte'
PROPOSED NAME: Costus sinningiiflorus 'Sweet Charlotte'
NAME CHANGE NOTES: Form of Costus sinningiiflorus, formerly C. guanaiensis var. guanaiensis
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STATUS : registered cultivar
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This is a compact form of the diverse species C. sinningiiflorus. 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 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". 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 Cultivar published in the Heliconia Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 20, No. 1, March, 2014.