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Datasheet for Costus laevis skutchii form

Plant Datasheet for Costus laevis skutchii form


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Photo# 10978 Specimen# R0
Costus laevis at Atlanta Botanic Garden, Atlanta, GA


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Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis Golfito Forest Reserve, Costa Rica


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Photo# 10979 Specimen# R0
Costus laevis on trail near Mogos, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


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Photo# 10980 Specimen# R0
Costus laevis at La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Photo# 10981 Specimen# R0
Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near La Gamba Biological Research Station, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


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Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


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Costus laevis at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX


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Photo# 12675 Specimen# R0
Costus aff. laevis at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii #2000246 was not in flower, ligule petiole closeup


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Costus laevis at Smithsonian Research Greenhouse, Washington young foliage of plant at Smithsonian


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Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


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Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


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Costus laevis at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, California


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Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis on trail near Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Durika Biological Reserve, Costa Rica


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Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at USNH


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Herbarium sheet, Costus skutchii at MoBot


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Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A


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Costus aff. laevis at Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL Selby2003-0157A


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Photo# 16729 Specimen# R0
Costus laevis at Cerro Gaital, Panama


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Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Cerro Gaital, Panama


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Costus laevis at Casa Drake, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis ligules and petioles at Bahia Solano, Colombia


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Costus laevis at Bahia Solano, Colombia


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Costus laevis at Golfito, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis lilgules and petioles at Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica


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Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


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Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


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Costus laevis - Hacienda Baru


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Photo# 16845 Specimen# R3072
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Ecuador, Esmeraldas


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Photo# 16844 Specimen# R3072
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Ecuador, Esmeraldas


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Photo# 16853 Specimen# R3086
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas


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Photo# 16876 Specimen# R3135
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Panama, Coclé


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Photo# 18014 Specimen# R3135
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Panama, Coclé


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Photo# 16926 Specimen# R3210
CURRENTLY: Costus laevis (C. skutchii Pacific form)
PROPOSED: Costus kuntzei/skutchii form
From Costa Rica, Puntarenas



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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