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Datasheet for Costus 'California Dreaming'

Plant Datasheet for Costus 'California Dreaming'

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Costus 'California Dreaming'


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Costus 'California Dreaming'


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Costus 'California Dreaming'



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


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This plant was found near the village of California (so named because of a minor gold rush there), in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. It is not known whether this is a new, undescribed species or a natural hybrid of other species in the area. During my 2014 trip to Chiapas I only saw it at this one locality. There were no fresh flowers seen but the red, appendaged bracts were different from any other Costus I saw in the area. The leaf peioles had the same disinctive purple lines as another plant that was found at lower altitudes (100-300 meters) in the Tapachula area, I am calling 'San Francisco Red' (PID 7583). It is also possible that this will turn out to be a form of Costus pulverulentus or a hybrid with something else.

There was a very large clump of this plant found just 100 meters or so back in the forest near the village. A young man who showed us the plants told us that the young shoots are eaten by the villagers. One solitary plant in that large clump was found with green un-appendaged bracts.

A thumbnail sheet with photos of this plant can be found at http://www.gingersrus.com/images/P7578

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3317 - stem cutting from plant with appendaged bracts, R3318 - seeds from mature inflorescence.


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