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Datasheet for Costus ricus aff. Cerro Tute form

Plant Datasheet for Costus ricus aff. Cerro Tute form

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Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17149 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17150 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17151 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17152 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17153 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17154 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17155 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17156 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.


Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17157 Accession# R3139
Costus aff. ricus at Cerro Tute (a/k/a Cerro Mariposa) near Santa Fe, Panama.



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus ricus aff. Cerro Tute form
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This plant was found in Panama near Santa Fe de Veraguas at about 1100 meters on Cerro Mariposa (a/k/a Cerro Tute). There were several clumps seen near the trail to the summit and no other Costus species found in the immediate area. No flowers were seen but the mature inflorescences were round in shape with red bracts and red bract appendages that were pendent, roughly looking like the lowland species Costus lima. Upon later examination I realized that this plant has a bicarinate bracteole which is rare in Costus and only known in two species from the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica - C. osae and C. ricus. This plant comes closest to C. ricus and when it flowers it may be determined to be either a new species or a distinct form of that species. It is a rare find and extends the range 250 km to the east. Note that collections of this plant at this site have been det'd as Costus comosus var. bakeri, but I disagree, noting the unusual bicarinate bracteole. The species Costus ricus was not described and named until 1997 and may have contributed to the (in my opinion) incorrect determination.

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