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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XVII, Number 3, July 2010

News and Notes | Germane Literature | Season's Pick

For this gloomy, rainy season of little collecting activity we have chosen the lowly but flashy Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L. f.) Druce (Rubiaceae) as our featured plant. Apparently considered native from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, Hawaii, New Guinea, New Zealand, the Philippines and Asuncion (Northern Mariana Islands), this species has one of the widest distributions of any Costa Rican Rubiaceae.

Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L. f.) Druce (Rubiaceae)

Here in flower and fruit, mixed with leaves of Hydrocotyle sp. (Araliaceae). These photos by B. Hammel 3 May 2010.

Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L. f.) Druce (Rubiaceae)

The fruits are 0.4–0.8 cm in diameter.

Nertera granadensis (Mutis ex L. f.) Druce (Rubiaceae)

Because it grows in wet and cool, montane [(400–)1050–3400 m in Costa Rica] forests, one expects that this sp. would be very hard to grow in captivity. And yet there it is, being sold by the simpáticos bucketsful on the streets of Paris! See colleague Carmen Ulloa's (MO) delightful picture on TROPICOS at:

http://www.tropicos.org/Image/100123743

 

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