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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXII, Number 1, January 2015

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

SEASON'S PICK: Check out these pix of Recchia simplicifolia T. Wendt & E. J. Lott (Surianaceae), recently rediscovered in Costa Rica.

Recchia simplicifolia T. Wendt & E. J. Lott (Surianaceae) Recchia simplicifolia T. Wendt & E. J. Lott (Surianaceae)
Recchia simplicifolia T. Wendt & E. J. Lott (Surianaceae)

This small tree, a disjunct from southern Mexico, was first found and collected in Costa Rica by former Manual collector, the unbeatable Gerardo Herrera, in July of 1990, back in the early days of this project. However, we never reported it in this column nor in Leaps and Bounds, perhaps because we had no photographs, until now. In fact, in spite of several attempts in recent years to relocate the only known "population," it had been collected on just two other occasions, in 1991 and 1993. We did record its occurrence in Costa Rica in the introductory volume of the Manual (Vol. I, 2004), but can finally reveal it to our world-wide audience in these famous pages thanks to the concerted efforts of Península de Osa botanical maven Reinaldo Aguilar. Reinaldo rediscovered the plant in December of last year, and took these pictures just in time to improve upon our iconic, chapter-opening photo for the Surianaceae treatment, due out in Vol. VIII any time now. Thanks and a tip o' the hat to Rei, for all your efforts! The rediscovery is important not only for our narrow and momentary purpose, but because the sp. is in all respects rare, and it is good to know that it is alive, well, and findable on the Península de Osa. "Well" but not so good; we have circumstancial suspicions that all four collections are from the same individual! For more of Reinaldo's photos of this sp., see his Flickr site.

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