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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Costaceae
Genus: Paracostus
Species: P. englerianus – P. paradoxus

Paracostus C.D.Specht, 2006.

Typus: P. englerianus
(K.Schum.) C.D.Specht

Native distribution areas:

West Tropical Africa
Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria,
West-Central Tropical Africa
Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands,

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

Specht, C.D. 2006. Taxon 55(1): 162.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Paracostus in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 21. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2019. Paracostus. 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 21. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Paracostus. Published online. Accessed: November 21 2019. 2019. Paracostus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 21.

Paracostus is a group of plants in the family Costaceae described as a genus in 2006.[1] It is native to Borneo and to tropical Africa.[2][3]


Paracostus englerianus (K.Schum.) C.D.Specht - Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo Republic, Gabon, Islands of the Gulf of Guinea
Paracostus paradoxus (K.Schum.) C.D.Specht - Borneo


Specht, C. D. & D. W. Stevenson. 2006. A new phylogeny-based generic classification of Costaceae (Zingiberales). Taxon 55(1): 153–163
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Nabilah Syakirah, Binti Mohd Ali (2017). "Systematic study of the genus Paracostus C. D. Specht (Costaceae) from Northern West of Sarawak: Leaf Morphological and Anatomical Aspects". Final year project report.

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