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Volume X, Number 4, October 2003
News and Notes | Recent Treatments | Leaps and Bounds | Germane Literature | Season's Pick
SEASON'S PICK: Couratari guianensis Aubl. -- LECYTHIDACEAE
As usual (!), nothing unusual, but a superb photo by INBio curator Francisco
Morales, wins pick of the season for this issue.
Although not uncommon in Costa Rica, this species is listed on the
2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as "vulnerable...due to
overexploitation and habitat loss." The species reaches no further up the
Central American isthmus than Costa Rica, but otherwise has a solidly Amazonian
distribution, occurring in all countries of the Amazon watershed. In Costa Rica
it is known only from the Pacific lowlands (100-500 m), from south of San José
to the Osa Península. This photo is vouchered by J. F. Morales 9879.
In any case, the species is appropriate for this season since the peak flowing
time appears to be September; all of the flowering specimens from Costa Rica, on
TROPICOS and ATTA, were collected during that month. At this time of year, in
certain areas of the Osa Península (eg., the forested hills at the end of
the abandoned air strip near Rincón de Osa), the flowering canopy of this
large tree colors the hillsides with spectacular dollops of pink.
Side note: please ignore the "Limón" locality for
Hammel 21066 on the INBio website for this species; the correct coordinates
for that and hundreds of other collections of Hammelís (in the range of #ís
21000--22710, now incorrectly as "Limón" province) have not yet
been entered into the INBio database.