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VALERIO EPITHETS RECONSIDERED. More support for the old adage, "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing": for at least the past 20 years, we and everyone else at MO who curates the TROPICOS database have, in knee-jerk fashion, corrected the epithets valerii and valerianus (or its feminine and neuter equivalents) to (respectively) valerioi and valerioanus (or its equivalents), in accordance with ICN Rec. 60C.1 (enforced as law by Art. 60.12). Most of the epithets in question were coined (at least in part) by Paul C. Standley, and honor either Juvenal or Manuel Valerio. The spellings valerioi and valerioanus (or its equivalents) have been used consistently throughout all volumes of the Manual and Flora mesoamericana (among other works) published to date. Implicit in our adherence to Rec. 60C.1 (rather than 60C.2) has been the assumption that the name "Valerio" does not possess a well-established latinized form. However, we learned recently that "Valerius" actually does qualify for that status, meaning that all epithets named for one of the Valerio's and spelled originally as valerii or valerianus (or its equivalents) may stand. All of the consequent corrections have already been implemented (with explanations) in TROPICOS, and will be used in our final Manual volume. A handful of epithets spelled originally as valerioi or valerioanus (or its equivalents) have been left as is.
BACK AT MO. The month of September found Manual collaborator Daniel Santamaría revisiting MO for two weeks, on a brief sabbatical from his usual stomping grounds in Baton Rouge. The whole while, he was hard at work on his Myristicaceae treatement for an upcoming Flora mesoamericana volume. Manual co-PI Barry Hammel was in residence at MO, together with significant other Isabel Pérez, during the first three weeks or so of October, working to finalize several of his family treatments for our upcoming Vol. 4. It was good to see them all again!
BACK AT WORK! Key Manual collaborator Francisco Morales recently (as of 1 August) assumed the role of Academic Coordinator, for Costa Rica's Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia (UNED), of a "Doctorado en Ciencias Naturales para el Desarrollo" (DOCINADE). The doctoral program is administered jointly by UNED, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNA), and the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR). A research stipend is included in the deal. Our congratulations to Chico on this new beginning!