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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XVIII, Number 1, January 2011

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

GERANIACEAE.  Manual Vol. 5 is still warm from the presses (see Hammel et al. under “Germane Literature”), and already the errors are surfacing!  Right off the bat we noticed that the name Geranium bolivarianum Dayton, in synonymy under G. costaricense H. E. Moore, was out of order, incorrectly interposed between the accepted name (a nomen novum) and its replaced name.  This we might have caught at the page-proof stage.  But it gets worse:  as pointed out to us by Fred R. Barrie (MO), G. bolivarianum was proposed as a nomen novum to replace the illegitimate G. cucullatum Kunth (type from Peru), which is not even a synonym of G. costaricense, according to prevailing taxonomy.  Thus the name G. bolivarianum probably should not have appeared in the Manual at all, except perhaps as a “sensu” synonym (Dayton applied it to Costa Rican material presumably representing G. costaricense).

MELASTOMATACEAE.  As a result of the misidentification of a single specimen, the altitudinal range of Miconia incurva Gleason must be corrected to “500–1500+ m,” and its geographic range amended by the deletion of “Cerros de Escazú.”  By the same token, the altitidunal range of Miconia schlimii Triana should be adjusted to something like “0–1100(–2000+) m.”  We thank Ricardo Kriebel (NY) for this new information.

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