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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XI, Number 2, April 2004

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ERICACEAE. The amazing Gerardo Herrera strikes again! One of his collections (5191), from a remote site at ca. 1300 m elevation on the Atlantic slope of the Cordillera de Talamanca, has been identified by Manual Ericaceae coordinator James L. Luteyn (NY) as Vaccinium floccosum ' (L. O. Williams) Wilbur & Luteyn, heretofore considered endemic to western Panama.

MALVACEAE. Malachra capitata (L.) L., though widespread in the Neotropics and reported from both Nicaragua and Panama, is another of those spp. that seemed to "skip" Costa Rica. It may now be provisionally added to the Costa Rican flora on the basis of a collection made 10 years ago by Ulises Chavarría (1027), from Parque Nacional Palo Verde. The identification, by Manual co-PI Barry Hammel, awaits confirmation from family contributor Paul Fryxell (TX).

ORCHIDACEAE. Though not accorded formal treatment in the Manual, Catasetum integerrimum Hook. received last-minute mention on the basis of a Costa Rican collection (not seen by Robert L. Dressler) cited in Franco Pupulin’s annotated orchid checklist [see The Cutting Edge 9(4): 10-11, Oct. 2002]. This record is now confirmed by a flowering collection made just two weeks ago by Francisco Morales, from the basin of the Río Grande de Candelaria, on the central Pacific slope. As noted in the Manual, C. integerrimum may be distinguished from C. maculatum Kunth (the only other congener known from Costa Rica) by its circular (rather than oblong), non-fimbriate labellar aperture. Chico’s collection was made in conjunction with his planned series of Costa Rican orchid guides, the first of which should be published in June.

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