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PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus laevis aff. laevis Pubescent Zamora forms
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Another form that best fits the species description of Costus laevis is found in Zamora area of Ecuador at higher altitudes than the "Podocarpus" form. It ranges in elevation from about 1200 meters to 1600 meters and was somewhat variable but distinctly different from the Podocarpus form with a very short calyx and the lower leaves with soft, dense hairs. The upper leaves varied from pubescent, to scabrous to glabrous, and the flower colors were either mostly yellow or white with the typical Costus red stripes.
Here is a thumbnail sheet with photos of the beautiful yellow flowering form.
And this one with mostly red flowers, but also with leaves sheathing the inflorescence, small calyx, and variable hairs on the upper side of leaves, soft dense hairs on the lower sides of leaves. Thumbnail sheet athttp://www.gingersrus.com/images/R3332
Podocarpus, Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -4.12533, Longitude -78.9732, at 1175 meters elevation.
Rio Numbami, Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -4.18258, Longitude -78.9353, at 1270 meters elevation.
Old Loja Road, Zamora, Ecuador, Latitude -3.96177, Longitude -79.01592, at 1565 meters elevation.