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Volume XVII, Number 2, April 2010
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LAURACEAE. Manual co-PI Nelson Zamora has made the first collection
of the opposite-leaved genus Caryodaphnopsis from the Atlantic slope of Costa
Rica. This he found during a recent sojourn to the Selva Bananito Lodge (see under
"News and Notes"). Although the new material is sterile, it is clearly
not conspecific with Caryodaphnopsis burgeri N. Zamora & Poveda, the
only congener represented in Costa Rica, where it is known only from the Pacific
slope (as well as eastern Panama). Among the South American spp., it most closely
resembles C. fosteri van der Werff (Colombia to Bolivia), but may prove
to be undescribed.
MYRTACEAE. Manual contributor and correspondent José
González (LSCR) reports the following first records for the
Estación Biológica La Selva (see also under Theaceae):
Eugenia sarapiquensis P. E. Sánchez, collected by Enrique
Salicetti (no doubt a relative of late La Selva caretaker Rafael
Chavarría Salicetti); and Myrciaria vexator McVaugh, collected
by Ademar Hurtado, son of the legendary Santos Hurtado.
This marks only the third collection of the latter sp. from Costa Rica, while
E. sarapiquensis, though described from the immediate region, had,
rather shockingly, never been found within the boundaries of the La Selva reserve.
The identification of M. vexator (at least) was courtesy of family
specialist Pablo Sánchez-Vindas (JVR).
ORCHIDACEAE. Orlando Vargas, Head of Scientific Operations
at the Estación Biológica La Selva, reports the discovery (by a
guide) of Mormodes horichii Fowlie (O. Vargas 2124) in the
"La Flamine" portion of the reserve. This find necessitates the
following reformulation of the elevational range given in the Manual for
this sp.: 0–800 m. While this is officially the first La Selva record
for the sp., there does exist an old flowering collection identified only as
"Mormodes"—presumably by collector and orchid
specialist James Folsom (HNT)—that we have never been
able to examine.
THEACEAE. A specimen of Freziera grisebachii Krug & Urb. collected
by Ademar Hurtado (see under Myrtaceae) from along the Camino
Central at the Estación Biológica La Selva adds not only a new sp.,
but a new family (whether Theaceae or Pentaphylacaceae, as APG III
would have it), to the florula of the reserve. This would have been a stunning
discovery a few decades back, but in recent years F. grisebachii has
been collected several times on the Atlantic slope of Volcán Barva, down
to as low as La Tirimbina (190 m). Many thanks to José
González (CR) for this report.