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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XX, Number 1, January 2013

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

SEASON'S PICK: Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae), a florally humble but vegetatively obstreperous vine of forest-edge and regenerating jumbles, is queen of this quarter.

Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae)

Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae)

Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae)

Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae)

Her beauty is due to a great extent to her elegant stipules.

Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae) Gouania velutina Reissek (Rhamnaceae)

We thank our colleague and current rhamnophile Amy Pool (MO) for clarifying the nomenclature and taxonomy of this species (and others in the family), as well as for pointing out the usefulness of stipule morphology—historically overlooked—in the taxonomy of Rhamnaceae.  Photos by B. Hammel; upper row vouchered by Hammel & Pérez 26534 (INB), the lower by Hammel & Pérez 26516 (INB)

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