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Volume XXII, Number 4, October 2015
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LOOKING DOWN ON CREATION. Apiaceae/Araliaceae maven Greg Plunkett (NY) and Antoine Nicolas (NY) visited Costa Rica for just a week in late July, but during that short time they overcame considerable obstacles (car rental, permits, and reservations with the park) in order to climb Cerro Chirripó, the highest peak in the country! Something your editors have never managed to accomplish in several collective lifetimes of botanizing in Costa Rica. Granted, their time at the top was extremely limited (just a few hours), but they did manage to find Azorella (Apiaceae), their main quarry, "and various other Apiaceae and Araliaceae." Their suspicions that Costa Rican material routinely identified as Azorella biloba (Schltdl.) Wedd. is really not that sp. were affirmed (it is closely related to and perhaps conspecific with a different South American sp., the name of which we don't recall). Costa Rican master's degree candidate Isler Chinchilla ably facilitated the entire venture.
WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS! Former INBio stalwart Daniel Santamaría and his wife, botanist Laura Lagomarsino, have arrived in town for the long haul. Well, longer than a mere visit, at any rate. Having recently completed her doctoral studies at Harvard, Laura landed a post-doc with fellow Campanulaceae specialist Nathan Muchhala at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Both Laura and Daniel now have carrels in the Monsanto Building at MO. We anticipate extensive and productive interactions with all parties concerned.