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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XI, Number 3, July 2004

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

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 close by].

“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.)!

Heartbreak Ridge View S to slightly higher peak.
View S to slightly higher peak
View N from the S end.
View N from the S end.
Part of cliff face.

View of valley from cliff edge.
View of valley from cliff edge.
Arracacia aegopodiodes (Kunth) J. M. <br>Coult. & Rose
Arracacia aegopodiodes (Kunth) J. M.
Coult. & Rose, with Cerro Caraigres
in background.

Amelanchier denticulata
Amelanchier denticulata
Pitcairnia saxicola
Pitcairnia saxicola L. B. Sm
Peperomia sp. nov.
Peperomia sp. nov.

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