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Volume XXV, Number 3, July 2018
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BORAGINACEAE (or CORDIACEAE). We recently reported the first Costa Rican record of Cordia truncatifolia Bartlett [see this column in The Cutting Edge 22(3), Jul. 2015], from Isla Bolaños, in the northwestern corner of the country—representing the southernmost extension of the sp. Now its range has been extended southward yet again, by nearly 50 km, with the discovery of a population on the rocky slopes of Punta Mala (near the northwesternmost extreme of the Península de Nicoya) by Costa Rican photographer Andrés Herrera. Andrés's collection (his #53) includes flowers (which the prior collection did not), vouchering flowering during the month of April in Costa Rica.
HYPOXIDACEAE. Based on a sterile specimen, Hypoxis humilis Kunth was previously and somewhat tentatively reported in these pages as an in-country leap [see this column in The Cutting Edge 16(4), Oct. 2009]. Lo and behold, we can now report a fertile specimen of Curculigo scorzonerifolia (Lam.) Baker from the same area (Cerro Rayos). Whether the vegetatively similar H. humilis truly does occur at Cerro Rayos remains to be seen. Regardless, the presence of C. scorzonerifolia at that site counts as a leap in its own right, as that sp. was not previously recorded from anywhere between the Guanacaste region and the southern Valle de General.