CULTIVAR NAME: 'Lita Red'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. laevis
PUBLISHED: December 2013 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 19 (4)
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found in Ecuador near the town of Lita.
DESCRIPTION: Plant fits description of C. laevis but with cherry red bracts and matching red flowers with a large open labellum. Plant grows to about 3 meters tall, vegetative parts all glabrous, ligule and petiole 15 mm long. Bracts are deep red with distinct nectar callus, corolla and stamen are red. Labellum is broad and spreading cherry red with a yellow throat.