Costus afer Ker Gawl.

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Costus afer

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Rusitu Forest

Costus afer

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Rusitu Forest

Costus afer

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Rusitu Forest

Costus afer

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Haroni Gorge, Chimanimani

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Common names: Twisted ginger (English)
Frequency: Very local in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Tall perennial herb. Leaves spirally arranged along the stem, oblong-oblanceolate, 15-25 cm long, dark green and hairless above, hairless below except for a line of hairs at the margin; apex acuminate. Inflorescence terminal with green, leathery, overlapping bracts. Flowers white with a pale to deep pink lip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Wednesday 23 January 2008

Lock, J.M. & Diniz, M.A. (2010). Costaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 117 - 118.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Costus afer., retrieved 2 December 2016

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