CULTIVAR NAME: 'Twister'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. scaber
TYPE: unnamed species/variety
PUBLISHED: March 2014 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 20 (1)
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Collected, named and introduced by Dave Skinner, found at 1100 meters in the Alto Mayo Reserve, Peru.
DESCRIPTION: This plant is closest to C. scaber but may be a new, undescribed species. The vegetative parts have thick hairs. Leaves are broad ovate, ligules short and truncate. The bracts tend to spiral or twist around the inflorescence - thus the name 'Twister'. Bracts are bright red, 35 mm long. Bracteole red, 18-20 mm, calyx 10 mm with shallow lobes, corolla lobes red-orange 40 mm, labellum red-orange 25 mm, stamen 30 mm yellow at base turning red toward apex, slightly exceeding labellum like C. scaber.