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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

SEASON'S PICK: We momentarily mistook a recent collection of the vile and vulgar Justicia trichotoma (Kuntze) Leonard (Acanthaceae) for something of interest, but seeing as how we have good photos, what the hey—every good sp. deserves its moment in the sun!  For further enlightenment, click on the image below (vouchered by Hammel et al. 26945).

Justicia trichotoma (Kuntze) Leonard (Acanthaceae)

The collection was made during a visit to the Reserva Ecológica Bijagual, managed by friend and colleague Paul Foster. For anyone wanting to do research at ca. 300 m elevation on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica in the Sarapiquí region, this is certainly a pleasant, down-homey alternative to the Estación Biológica La Selva.  Although most of the forest around Paul's place is second-growth or old plantations of Vochysia guatemalensis Donn. Sm. (Vochysiaceae) and Jacaranda copaia (Aubl.) D. Don (Bignoniaceae), the forest along the streams (especially the Río Bijagual, which runs very close to the station), is very fine, the trees literally festooned with epiphytes. 

Marathrum foeniculaceum

Speaking of that river, the well-worn rocks of Río Bijaugual burst into flower at this time of year, bejeweled as they are in the glistening grip of Marathrum foeniculaceum Bonbl. (Podostemaceae); finally we got some decent photos of it!  Go there (or here) to see more.

Rio Bijagual

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