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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica

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The Cutting Edge

Volume XXIII, Number 4, October 2016

News and Notes | Germane Literature | Season's Pick

SEASON'S PICK: Cleome speciosa Raf., AKA Cleoserrata speciosa (Raf.) Iltis (Cleomaceae), gets the nod for spectacularly flowering during this rainiest time of the year.

Cleome speciosa Raf., AKA Cleoserrata speciosa (Raf.) Iltis (Cleomaceae)

Mind you, we use the former name tentatively and with much hope that our contributor of this family, co-conspirator Nelson Zamora, will buck the premature and in any case unnecessary splitting trend and use a broadly circumscribed Cleome.  Confessing certain ignorance, we use even the specific epithet for this widely cultivated and often-escaped sp. with trepidation.

Cleome speciosa Raf., AKA Cleoserrata speciosa (Raf.) Iltis (Cleomaceae) Cleome speciosa Raf., AKA Cleoserrata speciosa (Raf.) Iltis (Cleomaceae)

These pictures (and more), taken by Manual co-PI Barry Hammel and mostly at his house in Heredia, are vouchered by Hammel 27177

Cleome speciosa Raf., AKA Cleoserrata speciosa (Raf.) Iltis (Cleomaceae)

This annual is self-seeding, and the fallen seeds germinate every year in the same spot during the rainy season, comming to fullest flower in October.  Praise be to all things bright during this dreary season!

 

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