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Datasheet for Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'

Plant Datasheet for Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'


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Photo# 15899 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' from Monte Cristo. Older inflo at the right.


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Photo# 15900 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' from Monte Cristo.


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Photo# 15901 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' from Monte Cristo.


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Photo# 15902 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' from Monte Cristo.


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Photo# 15903 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15904 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15905 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15906 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15907 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15908 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15909 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 15910 Specimen# R0
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red' orange flowering form from Monte Cristo


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Photo# 16078 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16079 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16080 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16081 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16082 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16083 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16084 Specimen# R3314
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16086 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16087 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16088 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16089 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16090 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16091 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16092 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16093 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16094 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas


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Photo# 16095 Specimen# R3319
Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
From Mexico, Chiapas



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This Costus was found in the state of Chiapas, Mexico in the area around Tapachula. It has some characters of Costus pictus, but with bright red (or orange-red) corolla lobes instead of yellow corollas, producing a plant with the appearance of all-red flowers on green unappendaged bracts. The plants also have very distinctive purple colors on the petioles. A thumbnail page showing photos of this plant can be found at http://www.gingersrus.com/images/P7583.

Paul Maas, in his 1972 monograph, seems to include these plants as Costus pictus, mentioning that the corolla lobes can be yellow or red, but I found it to be a distinct species or at least a separate form due to the difference in habitat. The two species were found co-located in a few sites at the higher end of the altitude range of this one and the lower end of the altitude range of the yellow flowered Costus pictus. Accordingly, I am giving this a cultivar name of 'San Francisco Red', named after the first location where I saw it near Cascada San Francisco on the Rio Cuilco.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3314 was collected along the Rio Cuilco near the Cascada San Francisco. R3319 was collected at Monte Cristo, at the top of the waterfall there. An orange flowered form was found along the road leading up to the waterfall and also near the waterfall.


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