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Gingersrus Database Taxon ID 7602

Costus lilaceus

OLD NAME: Costus lilaceus

NEW NAME: Costus lilaceus


FULL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Costus lilaceus Maas & H.Maas

STATUS : accepted


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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 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. — 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 Tchimbélé to Kinguélé, 620 m, 18 Jan. 1983.

Paul Maas has determined three species that he considers "epiphytic African species": Costus lateriflorus, Costus lilaceus, and Costus talbotii. C. liliaceus is considered closest to C. lateriflorus and is distinguished mainly by its flower color. It is distinguished from C. talbotii by the size and texture of its bracts.


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