CULTIVAR NAME: 'Lemon Chiffon'
PUBLISHED: December 2013 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 19 (4)
REGISTRANT: D. Skinner
ORIGIN: Collected in 1974 by Tim Plowman in El Valle Colombia, distributed by Waimea Arboretum, cultivar named and introduced by Dave Skinner.
DESCRIPTION: This is an undescribed species, closest to Costus laevis. The plant grows to about 3 meters, all vegetative parts glabrous, truncate ligule 6-8 mm long, petiole 10 mm. Cherry red bracts, bracteole to 18 mm, calyx 10 mm. Broad, spreading flower, creamy yellow corolla with pale yellow labellum 8 cm wide when spread. Pink throat with lemon yellow stripe. Stamen pink with deeply incised apex and 22 mm from theacae to apex.