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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXII, Number 4, October 2015

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

SEASON'S PICK: It's a grand slam for Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae), winning (here as pick of the season) in three categories (see also under "Leaps and Bounds").

Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae) Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae)

While this sp. is quite widespread in tropical America (thoughout South America and the West Indies), it hadn't been collected on the mainland this side of Prov. Bocas del Toro, Panama. These fine photos by Manual Asteraceae contributor Alexánder Rodríguez (CR) demonstrate the beauty of the beast, giving us to think we might find a spot for it in our yard full of natives.

Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae) Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae)

Given its apparent tendency to scramble (the Flora mesoamericana draft treatment records it as an herb, shrub, or vine), all will depend on its genes, how it responds to the particulars of our yard, and the pruning shears! Well, and also on getting some seeds or cuttings of it. Alex reports that in the field, on roadsides with plenty of light, it behaves as a prostrate herb, but that in forest shade it becomes subscandent.

Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae) Tilesia baccata (L.) Pruski (Asteraceae)

Vouchered by A. Rodríguez et al. 14406 (CR).

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