PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus laevis aff. laevis 'Nirvana'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
This plant found at Nirvana Reserve in Colombia and said to be the only Costus species native in the area. A tall plant mostly glabrous but hairs on undersides of leaves and at ligules. Basal part of stems puple or spotted. Non-appendaged bracts green on visible part, red on covered part. Inflorescence round in shape.
This collection flowered in 2015 and produced yellow flowers on a round inflorescence that is completely sheathed by the upper leaves. This plant is very similar to the pubescent form of C. laevis that was found in Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador. I have added the cultivar name 'Nirvana' to distinguish this yellow flowering pubescent form.
Nirvana, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, Latitude 3.476, Longitude -76.191, at 1500 meters elevation.