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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXVIII, Number 3, July 2021

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

IN THE FIELD. Laura Lagomarsino and Daniel Santamaría (LSU), along with Laura's Ph.D. candidate Laymon Ball, spent part of June (and July, in the case of Daniel) in Tiquicia. The principal motive of the trip was to scout out the best places for Laymon to concentrate field work for the part of her doctoral dissertation that will deal with the systematics and pollination syndromes of Hillia (Rubiaceae). They are all very grateful for the stupendous support in that endeavour provided by Bill Haber and Willow Zuchowski of Monteverde—the Monteverde region (including the main reserve, the San Gerardo station, and Cerro Amigos) being the place where they found the highest diversity of Hillia. They also visited the Poco Sol area of San Ramón, on the property of the Bosque Eterno de Los Niños, and took a side trip to Santa Cecilia de La Cruz, Guanacaste, where they hoped to find plants of the rare H. grayumii C. M. Taylor. Daniel informs us that our sometime-correspondent, guide, amateur botanist, and photographer Andrés Herrera of Liberia [see "Boraginaceae," under "Leaps and Bounds," in The Cutting Edge 15(3), Jul. 2018], had found that sp. on a branchfall in the Santa Cecilia area. Andrés is a friend of Manual Aristolochiaceae co-author and frequent contributor to these pages Esteban Jiménez. We presume that, with an exchange of photos, one thing led to another. These days, unbeknownst to many of us, a lot of botany gets done on social media, with few or no specimens left in herbaria, it would seem. Were there a specimen deposited somewhere, this would be a new in-country record (Cordillera de Guanacaste) for H. grayumii. known, as per the Manual Rubiaceae treatment and current specimen databases, from "vert. Carib. Cords. de Tilarán, Central y de Talamanca, Llanuras de San Carlos y de Tortuguero (R.N.F.S. Barra del Colorado)." Unfortunately, we know of none, and this quest for H. grayumii was unsuccessful, so don't annotate your copy! We wish Laymon all the best in her future quest for permits and field work in Costa Rica. For the rest of his stay in Costa Rica, Daniel was able to do a bit of field and herbarium work with Myristicaceae, for which he is preparing the Flora mesoamericana treatment.

NEW EDGE FEATURE. At the end of this issue, readers will find a new department entitled "Global Range Extensions." This will enable us to briefly report new records, from other countries, that expand global distributions reported in the Manual. Significant in-country range extensions will continue to be found under "Leaps and Bounds."


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