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Genus: Costus (spiral gingers)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Zingiberales > Family: Costaceae

About 74 species, native to the tropics with about 27 in the tropical Africa, three of which are native to southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique). An additional species is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

Information from Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Costus afer (Twisted ginger)

Widespread in tropical Africa with distribution extending into southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique). See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Costus macranthus

Distribution includes Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Costus spectabilis

Widespread in tropical Africa with distribution extending into southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique).

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

Costus malortieanus

Native to Central America.

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 


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