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Datasheet for Costus 'Mongrel'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'Mongrel'

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Costus 'Mongrel' - in habitat, Rio Teribe, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15976 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' - in habitat, Rio Teribe, Panama


Costus 'Mongrel' - in habitat, Rio Teribe, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15977 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' - in habitat, Rio Teribe, Panama


Costus 'Mongrel' ligule - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15978 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' ligule


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15979 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15980 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15981 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15982 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15983 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15984 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15985 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'


Costus 'Mongrel' flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15986 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' flower


Costus 'Mongrel' flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15987 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' flower


Costus 'Mongrel' flower - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 15988 Accession# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel' flower


Costus 'Mongrel' - stigma of plant collected in the  hills above Rio Bonyic - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17535 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel' - stigma of plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic


Costus 'Mongrel', corolla lobes, stamen and labellum of plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17536 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', corolla lobes, stamen and labellum of plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Costus 'Mongrel', labellum of plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17537 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', labellum of plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Costus 'Mongrel',  plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.  Bracts have fibrous margins.  Flower isC.scaber type. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17538 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Bracts have fibrous margins. Flower isC.scaber type.


Costus 'Mongrel',  plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17539 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Costus 'Mongrel',  plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17540 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Costus 'Mongrel',  plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama.  Bracts have fibrous margins. - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17541 Accession# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel', plant collected in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Bracts have fibrous margins.



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus 'Mongrel'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This plant was found in Panama, Bocas del Toro, near the Rio Teribe at Bonyic. It was not in flower but the old inflorescence had a fusiform shape and the bract margins were fibrous indicating C. pulverulentus. The leaves were broad and slightly plicate which is unusual for the species, so seeds were collected. When the seedlings matured and the plant came to flower, the flowers were not C. pulverulentus but more like C. scaber flowers. It is believed this is a natural hybrid of C. pulverulentus with C. scaber.

This plant has not yet been registered with a formal cultivar name, but for now I am calling it Costus 'Mongrel' to reflect its likely mixed parentage, and not especially attractive look. A thumbnail page showing photos of this plant can be found at http://www.gingersrus.com/images/R3157

Another collection in 2008 was in the hills above Rio Bonyic, just a few kilometers from the Rio Teribe site. It is nearly identical to that plant, with fibrous bract margins but a flower like C. scaber. Now that it is documented from these two different sites, it is more likely to be an undescribed species than a natural hybrid.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3157 from Rio Teribe and R3160 from hills above Rio Bonyic


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