Costus vargasii 'Raspberry Yogurt'

CULTIVAR NAME: 'Raspberry Yogurt'
PARENTAGE: Costus vargasii
STATUS: Name accepted, established.
TYPE: selection of Costus vargasii
REFERENCE: www.plantgrouphawaii.com
PUBLISHED: September 2017 in Heliconia Society Bulletin 23 (3)
REGISTRANT: Colton Collins
NOTES: NOTE: This is a very distinctive form of C. vargasii.
ORIGIN: Per Facebook posting by Bruce Dunstan, this was collected by Alan Carle and Mark Collins near Quince Mil in southern Peru. It is identical to a plant found near Atalaya in southern Peru, Upper Manu National Park.

DESCRIPTION: Sheaths are purplish transitioning to green with age; coated with a white powder. Ligules are white and cup-like turning light green with maturity. Petioles are purple. Upper surface of leaves are coriaceous, with prominent veins, and a light green costa. Lower leaf surface is purple. Inflorescence is somewhat glossy with tight bright red bracts. Inflorescences are both terminal and basal. Flowers are yellow.