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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XXIII, Number 3, July 2016

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

MELASTOMATACEAE. When Manual Vol. 6 was published in 2007, Meriania grandiflora (Standl.) Almeda was known from Costa Rica by a single collection, from ca. 2000 m elevation on the Atlantic slope of the eastern Cordillera de Talamanca. Now, Manual contributor Mario Blanco (CR) reports that he has collected it (Blanco et al. 5011) from a slightly higher elevation (ca. 2070 m) on the Pacific slope of the same cordillera (also at the eastern end, in Zona Protectora Las Tablas), and his identification has been confirmed by Manual Melastomataceae co-author Ricardo Kriebel (WIS). The Manual distributional paragraph for M. grandiflora should thus be modified according to the new information just presented, and the flowering phenology changed to "mar.–may." For more on this story, look under "Annotate Your Copy."

SOLANACEAE. As long as we're including in-country distributions under this heading, we should also mention Solanum campechiense L., in Manual Vol. 8, published just last year, and then known here only from dry and moist areas of the northern parts of both slopes. Based on photos provided by friend and Osa-maven Reinaldo Aguilar, we have now identified said sp. from "Pen. de Osa (vecindad de Puerto Jiménez)" and again the Manual distribution paragraph would need to be modified accordingly. Distance-wise, that's quite a leap, although habitat-wise not unexpected; that part of the Osa Peninsula is considered moist forest. Our ID has not been verified by Manual Solanum contributor Lynn Bohs (UT), but we boldly move forward, confident in her fine contribution (are you reading Lynn?).

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