CULTIVAR NAME: 'Aloha'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. claviger
STATUS: Name accepted, established.
TYPE: unknown species/variety
PUBLISHED: September 2017 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 23 (3)
REGISTRANT: Dave Skinner
DESCRIPTION: This is a plant that has been sold by Aloha Tropicals under the invalid species name Costus laviger. The origin of this plant is not known but may have come from one of the botanical gardens in Hawaii.
It has a short, truncate ligule and red bracts absent of nectar callus, with green appendages. The bracteole is 20 mm long but the calyx is shorter than described (only 8 mm long). Corolla is white, as described for C. aff. claviger. It appears to be an example of the group of terminal flowering plants referred to as the Costus aff. claviger group in Paul Maas' 1977 monograph. This cultivar has been vouchered at the UC Berkeley, Jepsen Herbarium, UC2045835.