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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Costaceae
Genus: Chamaecostus
Species: C. acaulis – C. congestiflorus – C. curcumoides – C. cuspidatus – C. fragilis – C. fusiformis – C. lanceolatus – C. subsessilis

Chamaecostus C.D.Specht, 2006.

Typus: C. subsessilis
(Nees & Mart.) C.D.Specht & D.W.Stev.

Native distribution areas:

Southern America
Northern South America
French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela,
Western South America
Bolivia, Colombia,
Brazil West-Central, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil North.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Specht, C.D. 2006. Taxon 55(1): 159 (157; fig. 1).


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Chamaecostus in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 20. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2019. Chamaecostus. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 20. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Chamaecostus. Published online. Accessed: November 20 2019. 2019. Chamaecostus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 20.

Vernacular names

Chamaecostus is a group of plants in the Costaceae described as a genus in 2006.[1][2] It is endemic to South America.[3]


Chamaecostus congestiflorus - Venezuela, N Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Chamaecostus curcumoides - French Guiana
Chamaecostus cuspidatus - E Brazil
Chamaecostus fragilis - Colombia, N Brazil
Chamaecostus fusiformis - Pará
Chamaecostus lanceolatus - Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Chamaecostus subsessilis - Brazil, Bolivia


Specht, C. D. & D. W. Stevenson. 2006. A new phylogeny-based generic classification of Costaceae (Zingiberales). Taxon 55(1): 153–163
Tropicos, Chamaecostus C.D. Specht & D.W. Stev.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

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