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Volume XI, Number 3, July 2004
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SEASON'S PICK: Heartbreak Ridge
This time we’ve chosen to feature a locality, rather than a sp.: the so-called
“Heartbreak Ridge,” a limestone outcrop in the region of Cerro Caraigres, and the site of numerous new records during recent years. The exact
spot has no name on maps. The latest new record from here is the demure Scutellaria
dumetorum Schltdl [see under Lamiaceae, in “Leaps and Bounds” of
this issue; also see
The Cutting Edge 10(1): 2, Jan. 2003, for references to other novelties from here or
“Heartbreak Ridge” is an exciting and still underexplored spot, a grazed
hill-top, spotted with small patches of dense, low forest, dominated by the likes of
Amelanchier denticulata (Kunth) K. Koch , Bouvardia glabra Pol.,
Clusia spp., Garrya laurifolia Hartw. ex Benth. , Gentlea
micranthera (Donn. Sm.) Lundell , Litsea glaucescens Kunth, Mauria
heterophylla Kunth, and Oreopanax costaricensis Marchal. Numerous small
caves and crevices, brimming with ferns and orchids, make exploration a bit treacherous.
Then, too, there's the main, steep cliff, where an odd version (or perhaps distinct sp.)
of Agave wercklei F. A. C. Weber ex Wercklé abounds, as do
Echeveria australis Rose, Dioscorea lepida C. V. Morton, and natural
bonsais of Gibsoniothamnus epiphyticus (Standl.) L. O. Williams . This cliff
faces the much higher and still totally unexplored W end of Cerro Caraigres, with its own
very steep and rocky face.
Finally, you get to see pictures of the site (and more of its spp.)!
View S to slightly higher peak
View N from the S end.
Part of cliff face.
View of valley from cliff edge.
Arracacia aegopodiodes (Kunth) J. M.
Coult. & Rose, with Cerro Caraigres
Pitcairnia saxicola L. B. Sm
Peperomia sp. nov.