Trying to source Chamaecostus (Costus) subsessilis

Tim Chapman via pbs
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:46:38 PST
Chamaecostus subsessilis was in tissue culture for a brief period many years ago but honestly it wasn’t a good choice for production being a deciduous species and a very top heavy plant that doesn’t ship easily.  (For some reason the underground portion of Chamaecostus stems are narrower than the above portion so snap easily. 

Dave Skinner has made more recent collections but pretty much all of the plants in the US are propagations from one of the three plants Bob See collected in Bolivia decades ago.  As far as I know he only ever let one plant go and he helped me get that plant from his friend that had it very near death.   I distributed many over the years but only recently started growing it again.   It will be another season or so before I have extras, but fortunately it makes stem bulbils like Chamaecostus cuspidatus. 

Tim Chapman

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> On Mar 2, 2021, at 11:23 AM, XYZ2 in Virginia via pbs <> wrote:
> Is anyone growing Chamaecostus subsessilis?  Synonyms are Costus subsessilis
> and Costus acaulis.
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