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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7583

Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'

OLD NAME: Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'

NEW NAME: Costus pictus 'San Francisco Red'

NAME CHANGE NOTES: Red flowering form of Costus pictus found in Costa Rica


STATUS : unregistered cultivar

CONTINENT: Neotropical

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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

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.


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