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Datasheet for Costus laevis skutchii form

Plant Datasheet for Costus laevis skutchii form

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Costus laevis at Atlanta Botanic Garden, Atlanta, GA  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10978 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Atlanta Botanic Garden, Atlanta, GA


Costus laevis on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10979 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10980 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10981 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10982 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10983 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10984 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10985 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10986 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10987 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10988 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10989 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10990 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10991 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10992 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10993 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10994 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus laevis on trail near Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica  - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 10995 Accession# R0
Costus laevis on trail near Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11784 Accession# R0
Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A


Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 11785 Accession# R0
Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A


Costus laevis  at Smithsonian Research Greenhouse, Washington young foliage of plant at Smithsonian - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12384 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Smithsonian Research Greenhouse, Washington young foliage of plant at Smithsonian


Costus aff. laevis at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii  #2000246 was not in flower, ligule petiole closeup - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12675 Accession# R0
Costus aff. laevis at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #2000246 was not in flower, ligule petiole closeup


Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12908 Accession# R0
Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12909 Accession# R0
Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12911 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12912 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12913 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 12914 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16719 Accession# R0
Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus laevis  at Casa Drake, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16720 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Casa Drake, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Golfito, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16721 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Golfito, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Bahia Solano, Colombia - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16725 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Bahia Solano, Colombia


Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16726 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16727 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus laevis lilgules and petioles at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16728 Accession# R0
Costus laevis lilgules and petioles at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


Costus laevis at Cerro Gaital, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16729 Accession# R0
Costus laevis at Cerro Gaital, Panama


Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Cerro Gaital, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16733 Accession# R0
Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Cerro Gaital, Panama


Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at USNH - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17977 Accession# R0
Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at USNH


Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at MoBot - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17978 Accession# R0
Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at MoBot


Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17991 Accession# R0
Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17992 Accession# R0
Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 17993 Accession# R0
Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


Costus laevis leaf apex at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16844 Accession# R3072
Costus laevis leaf apex at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus laevis ligules and petiole at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16845 Accession# R3072
Costus laevis ligules and petiole at Reserva Bilsa, Ecuador


Costus laevis at Reserva Durika, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16853 Accession# R3086
Costus laevis at Reserva Durika, Costa Rica


Costus laevis  at El Cope, Panama - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16876 Accession# R3135
Costus laevis at El Cope, Panama


Costus laevis at El Cope, Panama - ligule and petiole - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 18014 Accession# R3135
Costus laevis at El Cope, Panama - ligule and petiole


Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica - Click to see full sized image
Photo# 16926 Accession# R3210
Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica



PLANT FAMILY: Costaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Costus laevis skutchii form
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME:
STATUS :
CONTINENT: Neotropical
SYNONYMS:


BOTANICAL NOTES:
This is the plant form most commonly associated with the species Costus laevis. It grows to about 2-3 meters tall and is characterized by a longer, often deeply lobed ligule and long purplish petioles. The bract and flower colors can be somewhat variable but usually the bracts are dark puple with greenish apices and the flowers, including the corolla lobes are usually red with red striped labellums. This form is most common on the Pacific side in southern Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and northwestern Ecuador.

I am basing this grouping of Costus laevis on the plant collected in 1936 by Alexander Skutch in Costa Rica, on his own property near San Isidro del General (a/k/a PĂ©rez ZeledĂłn) in Puntarenas province on the Pacific side of the Talamanca mountains. I have not yet been there to see this plant form, but based on location and on the herbarium specimen I think it will typify this form of the species Costus laevis . Photos and observations of this form are included on this page.

In the Caluma area, Bolivar province, Ecuador, I saw plants that look close to the "skutchii" form of C. laevis, but with red flowers and green bracts. My thumbnail sheet of this can be seen at
http://www.gingersrus.com/images/R3342

In northwestern Ecuador I found a beautiful form with solid cherry red bracts and flowers that I have given the cultivar name 'Lita Red'. It is described further on a separate web page at PID#7517.

ACCESSION NOTES:
R1948. R2255, R2965, & R3005 of unknown origin.

R3072 from Ecuador, Esmeraldas Province, Bilsa Biological Station at 573 meters.

R3086 from Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Reserva Durika at 1500 meters.

R3135 from Panam, Coclé, El Copé, at 800 meters.

R3210 from Costa Rica, Puntarenas, Cabo Matapalo of Osa Peninsula, at 250 meters.

R3342 from Ecuador, Bolivar, Caluma, Finca Vargas at 400 meters.

OBSERVATION NOTES:

Near Caluma, Ecuador, Latitude -1.68077, Longitude -79.25484, at 400 meters elevation.

Jardin Botanico del Pacifico, BahĂ­a Solano, Choco, Colombia, Latitude 6.27, Longitude -77.37, at 100 meters elevation.

Drake area, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.6637, Longitude -83.68, at 150 meters elevation.

El Remanso Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.39, Longitude -83.3, at 200 meters elevation.

Reserva Durika, Costa Rica, Latitude 9.263, Longitude -83.245, at 1500 meters elevation.

PN Omar Turrijos, El Cope, Coclé Province, Panama, Latitude 8.6677, Longitude -80.5928, at 800 meters elevation.

El Empalme, Panama, Latitude 9.368, Longitude -82.586, at 100 meters elevation.

Caña Blanca, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.67, Longitude -83.3, at 20 meters elevation.

Reservia Bilsa, ManabĂ­ Province, Ecuador, Latitude -0.35, Longitude -79.72, at 460 meters elevation.

Tower Road, Golfito, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.65, Longitude -83.16, at meters elevation.

Rio Java, Wilson-Las Cruces, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.785, Longitude -82.966, at 1100 meters elevation.

Waterfall Trail, Esquinas Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, Latitude 8.69567, Longitude -83.20846, at 225 meters elevation.

Hacienda Baru, Provincia de Puntarenas, Savegre, Costa Rica, Latitude 9.26413, Longitude -83.86987, at 118 meters elevation.


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