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Common name

English: Ginger lily


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Zingiberales (26)

        Family: Costaceae (3)(family description)

          Genus: Costus (2)

            Epithet: afer Ker Gawl. (1)

Synonyms: Costus anomocalyx K.Schum., Costus littoralis K.Schum., Costus oblitterans K.Schum., Costus prodigiosus A. Chev., Costus pterometra K.Schum.

afer => of African origin

littoralis => found on the seashore

oblitterans => erasing, effacing, blotting out

prodigiosus => unnatural, wonderful, marvellous


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: red, white

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