PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus lilaceus
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus lilaceus Maas & H.Maas
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, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nhn/blumea/2016/00000061/00000003/art00010)
Costus lilaceus can be recognized by its often epiphytic habit, pink to lilac flowers and its inflorescences placed laterally in the axil of a leaf or terminating a separate leafless shoot. â€” Type: J.J.F.E. de Wilde et al. (WALK-B series) 40 (holo WAG 2 sheets [WAG0114490, WAG0114491]; iso BR, C, LBV, MO, P), Gabon, Woleu-Ntem, Crystal Mountains, 7 km along the road from TchimbĂ©lĂ© to KinguĂ©lĂ©, 620 m, 18 Jan. 1983.