Costus aff. scaber 'Belize Yellow'
CULTIVAR NAME: 'Belize Yellow'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. scaber
STATUS: Name accepted, established.
TYPE: unknown species/variety
PUBLISHED: September 2019, Heliconia Society Bulletin, Vol. 25, No. 3
REGISTRANT: Dave Skinner
NOTES: Note spelling of Belize - different on some listings. Need origin and description.
ORIGIN: Origin unknown but believed to have been collected in Belize by Mark Collins. This cultivar is very widely cultivated around the world.
DESCRIPTION: Plant grows to about 2 meters tall. Stems and ligules glabrous. Leaves upper side glabrous except for a single line of hairs along the upper midrib as is typical of Costus scaber. Leaves undersides pubescent and often with a purplish tint especially in younger leaves. Inflorescence forming a cone of yellow, non-appendaged bracts, with dark nectar callus. Flowers abaxially oriented, red-orange with stamen just slightly exceeding the labellum as in C. scaber.