Stepladder Ginger
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Stepladder Ginger
ntroduced Photo: Manu Nair
Common name: Stepladder Ginger
Botanical name: Costus malortieanus    Family: Costaceae (Spiral Ginger family)
Synonyms: Costus elegans

Stepladder Ginger is easily recognized by the broad felty leaves on plant less than 1 metre tall, inflorescence with green non-appendaged bracts and showy open flowers, yellow striped with red. It is a perennial, native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is an ornamental plant grows to about a meter in height and shade loving, The flowers are borne in terminal spikes are yellow striped with red in colour, favourite to humming birds.

Identification credit: Manu Nair Photographed in Kannur, Kerala.

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