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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XXVII, Number 3, July 2020

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THIS JUST IN! We have just learned of a brand new book by Manual collaborator Alfredo Cascante-Marín (USJ) entitled Plantas del dosel del bosque (and subtitled “guía para la identificación de plantas epífitas con flores en Costa Rica”). Published electronically with support from the Universidad de Costa Rica, Alfredo’s sterling contribution can be downloaded via the following URL:

https://issuu.com/alfredo.cascante/docs/plantas_del_dosel_del_bosque-gu_a

The guide focuses on 101 genera (a large portion of the 250 with epiphytic spp. known from Costa Rica), ordered alphabetically within each of three broad categories: dicots, monocots (excepting orchids), and orchids. Each genus entry features a description, etymology, natural history notes, a distribution summary, and images of selected spp. A dichotomous (if non-indented) and illustrated, multi-part key heads up the proceedings, and a glossary terminates them. Introductory chapters address various topics including definitions, habitats, diversity, distribution, and interactions with other organisms. Spot-checking confirmed that most of those likely to be encountered during routine field work are well represented. And the illustrations, all color photos, are uniformly excellent! This would be great to have as a hard-copy publication, that one could stow in a backpack and carry into the forest; but nowadays, we imagine, folks will simply download it to their smart phones and do the same. Times have changed! We encourage our readers to check this out.

And even more recent news: a “virtual book launch” took place on 5 July heralding the imminent publication of the book Pleurothallids: neotropical jewels, Volume I, by Adam P. Karremans (JBL) and his Colombian colleague Sebastián Vieira Uribe. This profusely illustrated work, projected to be available in September, will be priced at just $85.00. Check out a sample chapter at the following site:

https://orchilibra.com/posts/shop?locale=en#0

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