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The Cutting Edge
Volume VII, Number 3, July 2000
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BIGNONIACEAE. This is really a new identification: Francisco Morales (INB), coauthor of the Manual Bignoniaceae treatment, informs us that a mystery collection (consisting solely of fruits) from the Reserva Biológica Carara, once determined tentatively as Clytostoma sciuripabulum Bureau & K. Schum. by the late Al Gentry, actually represents Clytostoma pterocalyx Sprague. Like the former sp., C. pterocalyx has been regarded as strictly South American, where it was known from Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
BROMELIACEAE. Catopsis hahnii Baker, formerly recorded only from Mexico to Nicaragua, is locally common at ca. 2000 m elevation on Cerro Abejonal, near San Marcos de Tarrazú, on the Pacific slope of the Cordillera de Talamanca. Credit both the collection and identification to the man of the hour, Francisco Morales (INB). Cerro Abejonal, now mostly deforested, gained some notoriety during the Pittier era as (supposedly) the northernmost páramo station in the New World.
ERICACEAE. The following comes to us from Manual contributor James Luteyn (NY), via Francisco Morales: a collection made by parataxonomists Enia Navarro and Annia Picado from the Pacific slope of the Cordillera de Talamanca in the Coto Brus region is the first Costa Rican record of Macleania megabracteolata Wilbur & Luteyn. This sp., soon to be transferred to the genus Gonocalyx, was previously known only from the La Fortuna area of western Panama.
MARANTACEAE. A collection made by Manual co-PI Barry Hammel and 'Don Chico' Morales from the rocky slopes of Cerro Caraigres matches Calathea coccinea Standl. & Steyerm., otherwise known only from southern Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Guatemala. The identification was verified by specialist and Manual contributor Helen Kennedy (UBC) from a scanned image.
STERCULIACEAE. According to Alexander ('Popeye') Rodríguez (INB), one of Roberto ('Lupo') Espinoza's collections from Bahía Hachal, on the Península de Santa Elena, appears to represent Melochia tomentosa L., not previously reported from between Nicaragua and Colombia.