CULTIVAR NAME: 'Tropicais'
PARENTAGE: Costus aff. spiralis x arabicus
TYPE: natural hybrid
PUBLISHED: March 2014 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 20 (1)
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Plant received by Jackie Petrov from her aunt in Brazil. Named and introduced by Dave Skinner.
DESCRIPTION: This plant has characters of C. spiralis and C. arabicus. It grows to about 2 meters but can flower on stems 1 meter tall. Vegetative parts are glabrous, ligule is truncate, 10 mm, leaf base slightly cordate. Bracts are red, non-appendaged, bracteole 25 mm, calyx 20 mm. Flower is pale pink and extends at 0 degrees from bract, labellum intermediate between tubular and spreading, white to pale pink with yellow throat. Stamen pink to white at apex, apex is rounded, entire.