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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XVI, Number 3, July 2009

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IT’S OFFICIAL (OR NOT).  The herbarium at the Jardín Botánico Lankester, outside of Cartago, has now been registered with an acronym (JBL) in Index herbariorum, becoming the sixth Costa Rican herbarium so dignified (not counting CATIE, now defunct).   Meanwhile, the seventh may be on the rise, with the recent establishment of the so-called Luis Diego Gómez Herbarium (unofficially HLDG) at the Estación Biológica Las Cruces, near San Vito.  With more than 1100 specimens and several thousand more awaiting processing, the minimum of 5000 required for official recognition by Index herbariorum should be right around the corner.  We thank our friend Mario Blanco (FLAS/JBL) for informing us of these developments.

SOUTHWARD BOUND.  INB curator and Manual mainstay Francisco Morales traveled to Brazil to participate in their 60° Congresso Nacional de Botánica, staged during 28 June–3 July in Feira de Santana, Bahia.  Chico was an invited speaker (with all expenses paid!) at an Apocynaceae conference organized by Brazilian family specialists Alessandro Rapini (HUEFS) and André Simões (SPF); his talk was entitled "Diversity of the genus Mandevilla in the Neotropics". Chico reports that nearly all the active Apocynaceae specialists in the world were on hand for the festivities, including Mary Endress (Z) and Sigrid Liede (University of Bayreuth, Germany).

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