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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXII, Number 2, April 2015

News and Notes | Leaps and Bounds | Germane Literature | Season's Pick

VISITORS TO MO. Prolific Manual contributors [Burmanniaceae, Cannaceae, Costaceae, Haemodoraceae, Triuridaceae, Voyria (Gentianaceae), Zingiberaceae] Paul and Hiltje Maas (L) spent a full month (most of March) at MO, working with MO curator and Manual Annonaceae co-contributor George Schatz, mainly on the genus Desmopsis. They were joined at some point by Roy Erkens, a fellow Annonaceae specialist associated with L. Meanwhile, Manual mainstay Francisco Morales (UBT) spent a week in March at M and Z, studying types and other important collections for his pending treatments of Araliaceae. Arriving at MO on 1 April for a two-month residence, courtesy of an Alwyn H. Gentry fellowship, was up-and-coming Costa Rican botanist José Esteban Jiménez [see "Iridaceae," under "Leaps and Bounds," in The Cutting Edge 20(2), Apr. 2013]. Esteban will be working mainly toward producing a checklist of the Costa Rican savanna flora, while also moving ahead on various other back-burner projects.

DANIEL F. AUSTIN (1943–2015). We mourn the loss on 20 January of Dan Austin, foremost taxonomic authority on New World Convolvulaceae. Dan was for many years on the faculty of Florida Atlantic University, but had retired to Arizona. Although not a Manual contributor per se, Dan graciously shared his expertise as an acknowledged consultant to Manual Convolvulaceae author (and co-PI) Barry Hammel. We will not see the likes of him any time soon.

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