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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XIX, Number 1, January 2012

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JUGLANDACEAE. INBio wunderkind Daniel Santamaría has taken issue with the dimensions attributed to the wings of the fruits of both Oreomunnea spp. in the Manual treatment by Francisco Morales (INB).  Actually, the problem is only with the lateral wings, supposedly “hasta ca. 5 cm” in O. mexicana (Standl.) J.-F. Leroy and “hasta ca. 13.5 cm” in O. pterocarpa Oerst., but just 1.2–1.5 cm and 3.2–6 cm (respectively) according to Daniel’s measurements.  This turns out to be, in essence, an error or oversight in translation:Chico’s data were abstracted from English publications which specified the wing spread (i.e., the distance from the tip of one lateral wing to the tip of the other), not the length of each lateral wing.  With that modification, the original dimensions are substantially correct (though users may wish to pencil in Daniel’s as well!).  Daniel also calls our attention to the presence, in TROPICOS, of several records from western Panama (Prov. Chiriquí) ofOreomunnea mexicana subsp. costaricensis D. E. Stone, indicated as a Costa Rican endemic in the Manual.  These records (all determinations by late family specialist Donald E. Stone) cannot possibly have been in the system at the time the Manual Juglandaceae treatment was edited (unless we have been guilty of yet another bonehead oversight!).

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