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Datasheet for Costus 'Mongrel'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'Mongrel'


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Photo# 15976 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15977 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15978 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15979 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15980 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15981 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15982 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15983 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15984 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15985 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15986 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15987 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 15988 Specimen# R3157
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 16292 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 16293 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 16294 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17535 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17536 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17537 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17538 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17539 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17540 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro


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Photo# 17541 Specimen# R3160
Costus 'Mongrel'
From Panama, Bocas del Toro



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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