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Christmas costus

Costus

The plant known to the Ancient Romans as costus is probably Saussurea lappa

Costus is a genus of perennial tropical herbs. They are often characterized (and distinguished from relatives such as Zingiber) by their spiraling stems.

Selected species

Formerly placed in Costus

Plants for some time placed in this genus include Alpinia nutans (= Costus zerumbet)

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