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Datasheet for Costus laevis aff. laevis Podocarpus form

Plant Datasheet for Costus laevis aff. laevis Podocarpus form

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Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16846 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16847 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16848 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16849 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16850 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16851 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador


Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16852 Accession# R3073
Costus aff. laevis from PN Podocarpus, Ecuador



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus laevis aff. laevis Podocarpus form
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
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BOTANICAL NOTES:
Costus aff. laevis, Podocarpus Form - In 2007 I saw this plant but it was not in flower. I thought it looked like it could be C. laevis but could not be certain. In March 2015 I returned to the area and found this form to be in flower. It is a massive plant, with a huge inflorescence (17 cm long and nearly as wide) and with large (9 cm long) flowers. As in several other examples of the South American forms of Costus laevis, this form has upper leaves that wrap around and hide the inflorescence. Vegetative parts are all glabrous and the leaves have a waxy feel. The bracts are red at the base turning pale pink to whitish at the apex. The flowers are pale pink with a broad open labellum.

The only place I have seen this form is near the Parque Nacional Podocarpus in the area around the town of Zamora. I did not see it farther north along the Rio Zamora valley.

My photos of this Podocarpus form are on a thumbnail sheet on my website athttp://www.gingersrus.com/images/R3331

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3073 and R3331 from PN Podocarpus

OBSERVATION NOTES:

Parque Nacional Podocarpus, Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -4.0939, Longitude -78.9617, at 970 meters elevation.

PN Podocarpus, Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -4.11, Longitude -78.96, at 1000 meters elevation.


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