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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7566

Costus pictus 'Red Baron'


OLD NAME: Costus pictus 'Red Baron'

NEW NAME: Costus pictus 'Red Baron'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Red flowering form of Costus pictus found in Costa Rica

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STATUS : registered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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BOTANICAL NOTES:
This plant was found in the botanical garden at the University of Georgia Costa Rica campus at San Luis (near Monteverde). I asked about the origin of the plant and Lucas Ramirez told me it was collected in the Rio Penas Blancas valley on the other side of the Continental Divide. He said he had been told by indigenous people that this plant had superior medicinal qualities and to look for the darker stems. Later we crossed the Divide and went down into the valley where I saw this plant growing in the wild.

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This collection was sequenced for DNA and included in a molecular phylogeny at Cornell University. It was found to be in a clade with other Pacific side samples.

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Costus pictus, red flowering form 'Red Baron', photo from Skinner R3295, from Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
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Costus pictus, red flowering form 'Red Baron', photo from Skinner R3295, from Puntarenas, Costa Rica