CULTIVAR NAME: 'Tico Tower'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. lima x _____
TYPE: natural hybrid
PUBLISHED: June 2012 in HSI Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 2
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found in southern Costa Rica.
DESCRIPTION: This plant was found on the floodplains of the Rio Rincon on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. It appears to have characters of C. lima except with green bract appendages and longer yellow tubular flowers. The plant grows quite tall, up to 4 meters, with thick hairs on all the vegetative parts. The ligule is short and truncate with a reddish margin. Bracts are red with green, triangular foliaceous appendages that are pendent on the inflorescence. Bracteole is 22 mm long, calyx is 15 mm, corolla and labellum are bright yellow, stamen is red at the apex.