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Costus tappenbeckianus J. Braun & K. Schum.

Family Name: Costaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Flowers Woody


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution Gabon, Cameroon
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herb to 60 cm tall
Foliage Leaves dull to dark green, glabrous, arranged spirally. Under surface of leaves reddish green. Petiole short, petiole sheath pubescent.
Flowers Flowers purplish-pink, corolla lobes hyaline. Center of lip white with yellow markings.

Landscaping Features

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

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Chewing Insects


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Texture(s) Thin

Image Repository



Master ID 30917
Species ID 5297
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Species record last updated on: 18 September 2020.