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Datasheet for Costus erythrophyllus Santa Maria form

Plant Datasheet for Costus erythrophyllus Santa Maria form


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Photo# 15911 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area terminal infloresc


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Photo# 15912 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area


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Photo# 15913 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area basal inflorescence


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Photo# 15914 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area long-appendaged bracts


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Photo# 15915 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area plicate leaves


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Photo# 15916 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area, young plant purple undersides


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Photo# 15917 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area


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Photo# 15918 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area


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Photo# 15919 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area


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Photo# 15920 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. erythrophyllus - Santa Maria area


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Photo# 16062 Specimen# R3306
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16063 Specimen# R3306
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16064 Specimen# R3306
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16065 Specimen# R3306
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16066 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16067 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16068 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16069 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16070 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16071 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16072 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16073 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16074 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16075 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16076 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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Photo# 16077 Specimen# R3307
Costus erythrophyllus/Santa Maria form
From Colombia, Boyacá


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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus erythrophyllus Santa Maria form
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
In the state of Boyacá, Santa Maria area of the eastern Colombia Andes foothills, I found a plant that seems to be intermediate between Costus claviger and Costus erythrophyllus. The Colombians have placed it in C. claviger, but I think it is closer to C. erythrophyllus. It was found flowering both terminal and basal, has long bract appendages unlike those of C. claviger, and has somewhat plicate leaves. However some plants seen did not have the deeply lobed ligules of C. erythrophyllus and most did not have the characteristic purplish undersides to the leaves, so a determination is open to some interpretation. A collection there by B. Betancur in 2003 was det'd by N. R. Salinas as C. erythrophyllus.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R3306 from a steep slope above the resevoir and R3307 from seed collected along the Quebrada Cristalino.

GINGERSRUS CATALOG LISTING:
I found this beautiful form of the species Costus erythrophyllus in the eastern foothills of the Colombian Andes near Santa Maria de Boyacá. It makes a nice compact garden plant flowering at just a little over 1 meter (3 feet) tall and has the habit of producing many flowers at the same time instead of one at a time as in most Costus. It can flower both terminally as in these photos or at the base on a separate shoot. I am sure it would not be hardy in climates colder than zone 9B, but it has not been tested. It is compact enough to grow in a small greenhouse or well lit porch.




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