Costus spectabilis (Fenzl) K. Schum.

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Costus spectabilis

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Plot 67, Farm 401a Lilayi, Lusaka from material collected at Chisomo Farms in Central Province Zambia

Costus spectabilis

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Cultivated at Dabuyu Farms, Plot 67, Farm 401a Lilayi, Lusaka from material collected at Chisomo Farms in Central Province Zambia

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Status: Native
Description:
Low perennial herb. Leaves 4, somewhat fleshy, flat against the ground in a basal rosette, broadly obovate-spathulate, up to c. 12 × 12 cm, hairless above, pubescent below, particularly on the midrib; margin entire, often edged purple-pink. Inflorescence terminal, arising from the centre of the rosette. Flowers showy, yellow, opening one at the time.
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Derivation of specific name: spectabilis: spectacular
Habitat: In wooded grassland and deciduous woodland, often near termite mounds or among rocks
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Sierra Leone to Sudan and South to Angola and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 238 - 239. (Includes a picture).

Lock, J.M. & Diniz, M.A. (2010). Costaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 115 - 117. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 112.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Costus spectabilis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Costus spectabilis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Costus spectabilis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Costus spectabilis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Costus spectabilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116210, retrieved 23 November 2017

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