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Costus chartaceus Maas

Family Name: Costaceae
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage


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Classifications and Characteristics

Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Southwestern Columbia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Leaves dark green, with prominent veins, leaf margins densely hairy. Leaf sheaths hairy, becoming glabrous with age.
Flowers Inflorescence terminal on a leafy stem, broadly ovate to subcylindric, to 8cm long. Bracts bright rose pink, chartaceous. Flowers: Corolla whitish pink, lip dark red
Habitat In forests to 300m

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Flowers)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Propagation Method Seed, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, Red, White
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 29760
Species ID 4069
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.