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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7577

Costus fissiligulatus 'African Princess'

OLD NAME: Costus fissiligulatus 'African Princess'

NEW NAME: Costus fissiligulatus 'African Princess'



STATUS : synonym


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This African species is placed in synonymy with Costus phyllocephalus (PID3757) in Paul Maas' monograph on African Costaceae, published on 16 December 2016. (Monograph of African Costaceae, H. Maas-van de Kamer, P.J.M. Maas, J.J. Wieringa, C.D. Specht, Blumea 61, 2016: 280 - 318,

The African Plant Database lists this species. Biology : Slender herb, 50 cm tall, with spirally twisted shoots; leaf blades oblanceolate, asymmetric,Ecology : Ecology not recorded; 5-800 m alt. Comprises 2 vars.: - var. fissiligulatus; - var. major Gagnep. With longer ligule, blade 20-22x7-12 cm, lower bracts 11-20 cm long.

Costus fissiligulatus Gagnep. [family COSTACEAE], in Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr., ser. 4, 2: 93 (1902); Koechlin in Fl. Gabon 9: 78, t. 17, and in Fl. Cam. 4: 86, t. 18.

W3Tropicos - - Costus fissiligulatus Gagnep. Author(s): ORSTOM Date: 1988 Publication: List of Vascular Plants of Gabon with Synonymy

Schumann describes this species and places in subgenus Eucostus - Das Pflanzenreich IV, 1904.

This cultivar is quite common in cultivation, but its correct species name has not been dertermined.

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Costus fissiligulatus 'African Princess'  (syn of C. phyllocephalus) - Click to see full sized image
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Costus fissiligulatus 'African Princess' (syn of C. phyllocephalus)