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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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Volume XXIII, Number 4, October 2016

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CONGRATULATIONS, POVE!! Turrialba native, Leslie Holdridge protégé, co-author of the seminal Árboles de Costa Rica (1975) and, for the past four decades, mentor to nearly every prominent Costa Rican botanist, Luis J. Poveda retired in August from his post at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Heredia.  Humble and charismatic, Luis (known as "Pove" to his friends) has long been a well-known (he once had his own TV show!) and highly respected figure in Costa Rica, beloved by all who have had the pleasure to know him.  Moreover, and as we can well attest, his knowledge of all elements of the Costa Rican flora (not merely trees) is genuine and profound.  Should we happen to stumble upon something new and unusual, the chances are that Pove has long since been onto it (as was the case, for example, with Ticodendron).  We know that he will continue working on his various projects, and hope that he may even be freed up to stop by more often and spend a bit more time in the field.  Pove's legacy will long endure, principally in the form of the many distinguished botanists he has inspired and taught.  May your retirement be long and pleasurable, maestro!

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