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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
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.