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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7574

Costus scaber

OLD NAME: Costus scaber - Indian Head horticultural form

NEW NAME: Costus scaber

NAME CHANGE NOTES: commonly cultivated form


STATUS : distinct form

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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This is the commonly cultivated form of Costus scaber that has been distributed by Stokes Tropicals and others as the "Indian Head Ginger". It has often been incorrectly classified as the species Costus spicatus. The origin of this cultivated form is unknown but it appears to be similar to the form I have seen along the Rio Napo in the Amazon Basin. It has larger flowers than some of the other forms I have seen. The main webpage for the species Costus scaber is at PID 3607

R1570 from a local nursery, R2253 from Smithsonian USBRG#1994-677, R2906 from plant trade. R2253 has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045809.

ACCESSIONS:Click links (if any) to see details of individual collections. R1570- R2253- R2906-

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