Australian crepe ginger
Cheilocostus potierae, Fam. Costaceae
Shrub up to 4 m tall, usually multistemmed from underground rhizomes. Listed as endangered under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. Previously Costus potierae.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Leaves 20-30 x 6-8cm, lateral veins diverging from the midrib at a very low angle and running parallel to one another. Petiole base forming a pubescent, longitudinally veined sheath 2-4cm long, completely enclosing the stem. Petiolar sheath with a truncate ligule (0.2-0.4cm long) at the apex.
Yellow, Red, Cream
|Flower description:||Yellow or cream flowers produced in and exceeding cone-like heads of overlapping red bracts. Three lobed corolla with the largest lobe (labellum) quite conspicuous, about 2.5-3cm in diameter. Upper surface of the labellum and the inner surface of anther filament hairy.|
|Fruit description:||Red, ovate-elliptic, about 1.5cm long. Calyx persistent at the apex of the fruit. Outer surface of the fruit clothed in short erect hairs.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New Guinea.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea.|
|Information sources:||Atlas of Living Australia (2022) Cheilocostus potierae (F.Muell.) M.G.Harr. & Zich., CSIRO (2022) Cheilocostus potierae (F.Muell.) M.G.Harr. & Zich Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants., Department of Environment, Land and Water (2022) Species profile - Cheilocostus potierae., Harrington M. & Zich F. (2012) Short Communication: a new combination in Australian Costaceae. Telopea. 14 (1)|