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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XII, Number 1, January 2005

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MONIMIACEAE. Jorge Gómez-Laurito (USJ). Monimiaceae, here circumscribed according to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group consensus [see The Cutting Edge 6(1):5-6, Jan. 1999], is a pantropical family of about 200 spp. in 22 genera, but with only Mollinedia represented in Costa Rica; Siparuna, long classed in Monimiaceae, will be treated in Siparunaceae for the Manual. Both of these genera present extreme taxonomic difficulties, hence Jorge's account of Mollinedia is somewhat tentative; as he notes, "un estudio monográfico de este género es absolutamente necesario para aclarar su taxonomía." That said, he recognizes just three Mollinedia spp. in Costa Rica: M. costaricensis Donn. Sm., the recently described M. macrophylla J. F. Morales & Q. Jiménez [see The Cutting Edge 4(1): 7, Jan. 1997], and M viridiflora Tul. (including M. pinchotiana Perkins and M. minutiflora Standl. & L. O. Williams). None of these is endemic, with M. macrophylla, rare and highly localized in Costa Rica, now known from Panama to Ecuador [see The Cutting Edge 5(2): 7, Apr. 1998]. No spp. are formally treated that are cultivated, provisionally named, or of hypothetical occurrence, though the Panamanian Mollinedia stipitata J. A. Duke is mentioned in the generic discussion as potentially present in Costa Rica.

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