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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XX, Number 3, July 2013

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SEASON'S PICK: Elaeodendron xylocarpum (Vent.) DC. (Celastraceae) earns the spotlight for this season's photo essay.

Elaeodendron xylocarpum (Vent.) DC. (Celastraceae) Elaeodendron xylocarpum (Vent.) DC. (Celastraceae)

When this sp. was first reported from Costa Rica in these pages [see The Cutting Edge 7(2): 4, Apr. 2000], but a single individual had been found, which was in flower at the time.  Although the size of the only known Costa Rican “population” remains unchanged, the tree in question was recently relocated (thanks to the acute sense of smell of Roberto Espinoza!), still thriving on the slopes of Volcán Orosí at Estación Maritza and presently with mature fruits.  Thanks to Nelson Zamora for the above photos, vouchered by Zamora et al. 6370. (INB)

Elaeodendron xylocarpum (Vent.) DC. (Celastraceae)

Surely there must be more individuals somewhere in those dense forests. (Photo of Volcán Orosí by B. Hammel)

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