Appearance"Costus spicatus" leaves grow to a length of approximately 1 ft and a width of approximately 4 in. It produces a short red cone, from which red-orange flowers emerge one at a time. In botanical literature, "Costus woodsonii" has often been misidentified as "Costus spicatus".
Distribution"Costus spicatus" is native to the Caribbean.
Habitat"Costus spicatus" can develop a symbiotic partnership with certain species of ants. The ants are provided with a food source as well as a place to construct a nest. In turn, the ants protect developing seeds from herbivorous insects.
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