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Costus spectabilis (Fenzl) K. Schum.
Family : Zingiberaceae
Information on the genus : Costus
Basionym : Cadalvena spectabilis Fenzl
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cadalvena spectabilis Fenzl (1865)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cadalvena pistiifolia (K. Schum.) Baker
=Costus pistiifolius K. Schum. (1892)
=Cadalvena dalzielii C. H. Wright (1912)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with a rhizome covered in brown papery scales, hairy in their lower half
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Ecology : Rocky savanna; black soil in Oxytenanthera thicket with some Combretum-Terminalia woodland; in shade on sandy soil in open Combretum-Terminalia or Isoberlinia woodland; elsewhere in seasonal grassland; often around termitaria; among rocks; 150-1850 m alt.
  Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental, but not particularly easy.
  S. Tomé.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa Zingiberaceae: 4LT2
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13: 115
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography other :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:40 (2012)
  • Maas-van de Kamer H., P.J.M. Maas & al. (2016). Monograph of African Costaceae. Blumea 61: 310
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carte afrique num 31901
Record n°31901
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