CULTIVAR NAME: 'Mongrel'
STATUS: Name accepted, established.
TYPE: unknown species/variety
PUBLISHED: September 2017 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 23 (3)
REGISTRANT: Dave Skinner
ORIGIN: Found in the hills above Rio Bonyic, Bocas del Toro, Panama
DESCRIPTION: Plant grows to about 2 meters tall with terminal inflorescence, vegetative parts are glabrous, ligule to 1 cm and slightly lobed. Bracts are dark red with conspicuous yellow nectar callus and fibrous margins. Flowers are tubular, cherry red like bracts. This form found in several places in the region and is likely a new and undescribed species. It has some characters and a general appearance of Costus pulverulentus but the flowers are more like those of Costus scaber.