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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7598

Costus aureus

OLD NAME: Costus aureus

NEW NAME: Costus aureus


FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus aureus Maas & H.Maas

STATUS : accepted


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- Costus luteus A.Chev. (1920) 628, nom. illeg. non Blanco (1837)

This African species is newly described in Paul Maas' monograph on African Costaceae, published on 16 December 2016. (Monograph of African Costaceae, H. Maas-van de Kamer, P.J.M. Maas, J.J. Wieringa, C.D. Specht, Blumea 61, 2016: 280 - 318,

Costus aureus is characterized by flowers that are completely yellow and arranged in an inflorescence terminating a leafy shoot and composed of green and generally appendaged bracts. Vegetatively it looks very similar to C. lucanusianus by having a rim at the base of the ligule. However, this rim is hairless in C. aureus, while it is distinctly hairy in C. lucanusianus. — Type: Berg 186 (holo U 4 sheets [U0123675, U0123676, U0123677, U0123678]; iso B, MO, NY), Ivory Coast, near Akoupé (NW of Abidjan), 31 July 1972.

This species is common in cultivation, often listed as Costus lucanusianus in a yellow flowering form.

ACCESSIONS:Click links (if any) to see details of individual collections. R1701- R2264-

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Costus aureus