Costus ruber C.Wright ex Griseb.
  • Cat. Pl. Cub.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Costus ruber C.Wright ex Griseb. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000363544. Accessed on: 26 Nov 2020'

General Information

Plants 0.5-3.0 m. tall, the stem strongly spiral; leaves obovate to oblanceolate, very abruptly acuminate, broadly cuneate at the base, 8-30 cm. long, 4-10 cm. broad, glabrous or essentially so, sessile or subsessile; inflorescence ellipsoid to nar- rowly fusiform, set rather closely amongst the upper reduced leaves, 3-16 cm. long, usually sharply pointed at the tip; bracts broadly ovate, acute, unappendaged, 2.0-3.5 cm. long, usually bright red with a conspicuous yellow callus, rarely orange or greenish, densely ciliate with short more or less arachnoid hairs, other- wise minutely puberulent-papillate to glabrous; calyx about 0.7 cm. long, broadly 3-dentate, deep pink; ovary 0.3 cm. long; corolla 3-4 cm. long, scarlet to pinkish orange, the lobes obovate-oblong; labellum 4-5 cm. long, obovate-oblong, scarlet to reddish orange; stamen 5-6 cm. long, rather narrowly oblong.

  • Provided by: [B].Flora de Panama
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    Distribution

    Guatemala to Colombia; Antilles. Chiefly in lowland thickets and open forests.

  • Provided by: [B].Flora de Panama
    • Source: [
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     Information From

    Costaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
    • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Flora de Panama
    http://www.tropicos.org/Project/PAC
    Robert E. Woodson, Jr. and Robert W. Schery Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 67, No. 4 (1980), pp. ii-xxxiii
    • B Missouri Botanical Garden