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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen I, Introduccion (MSB 97)

This volume consists of five chapters dealing with the history of botanical exploration in Costa Rica, the physical aspects of the country, and the vegetation, in addition to the botanical novelties discovered during the preceding 15 years. There is also a detailed description of the layout of the treatment volumes and a complete list of literature cited is included at the end, along with an appendix to scientific names.  Chapters are illustrated with numerous black and white photographs for a total of ca. 90 photos of botanists, habitats, and plants. Eight pages of color plates are also included.

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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen VII, Dicotiledoneas, (Picramniaceae-Rutaceae) (MSB129)

Piperaceae, with 465 species, has emerged as the largest family
in this volume. But despite its species richness, Piperaceae comprises notably low macromorphological diversity, with only three genera currently recognized in Costa Rica. Most species are herbs (many of them epiphytic) or shrubs. Just one species considered here, Piper nigrum—though only ephemerally cultivated in Costa Rica—is of considerable economic importance on a world scale. Rubiaceae takes a very close second place (458 species), and with 89 genera is marvelously diverse at all levels. It also includes the historically single most important economic species in Costa Rica, Coffea arabica. These two families alone account for 80% of the species in this volume. Rosaceae(42 species), Rutaceae (41 species), and Polygonaceae (39 species), together accounting for a total of only 11%, are essentially tied for a very weak third place in number of species. This identification manual includes brief formal descriptions and informal notes about each of a total of 18 families, 171 genera, and 1155 species. Keys to all the genera and species are also included. The treatments are illustrated with 205 line drawings.

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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen VI, Dicotiledoneas (Haloragaceae-Phytolaccaceae) (MSB 111)

(Haloragaceae–Phytolaccaceae)

Melastomataceae, with 303 species of mostly understory trees, is by far the largest family in this volume. Together with the two next largest families,Lauraceae (146 species) and Malvaceae (98 species), also of mostly woody plants, these three families account for 40% of the species in the volume. This identification manual includes brief formal descriptions and informal notes about each of a total of 54 families, 296 genera, and 1396 species. Keys to all the genera and species are also included. The treatments are illustrated with 343 line drawings, 54 black-and-white photographs, and 8 pages of color plates.

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(Haloragaceae–Phytolaccaceae)

Las melastomatáceas, con 303 especies principalmente de árboles de sotobosque, es por mucho la familia más grande de este volumen. Junto con las dos familias que siguen en tamaño, las lauráceas (146 especies) y las malváceas (98 especies), también principalmente de plantas leñosas, estas tres familias abarcan 40% de las especies en el volumen. Este manual incluye descripciones formales, más o menos breves, y notas informales sobre un total de 54 familias, 296 géneros y 1396 especies de dicotiledóneas. Además, presenta claves a todos los géneros y especies contenidos en el volumen. Los tratamientos están ilustrados con 343 dibujos en línea, 54 fotos en blanco y negro y 8 páginas a color.

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Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, Volumen V, Dicotiledoneas (Clusiaceae-Gunneraceae) (MSB 119)

Costa Rica, lying between Nicaragua and Panama and thus centered in isthmian Central America—a biogeographical funnel between South and North America, densely rich in species and geological history—is also one of the few tropical countries to have an accurate, up-to-date, specialist- and specimen-based count of its known flora. Intensive and continuing exploration over the last 25 years has resulted in a large increase in the number of new species. Currently, more than 9700 species of native or naturalized vascular plants (including a few commercially cultivated exotics) are known from the country. The Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica is a series of illustrated identification manuals, providing the general public, students, and scientists alike with the most current, basic, and critical information on the largest subgroup of those, the seed plants. The work will be published in seven volumes and includes a general introductory volume in English and Spanish. The Manual is the first comprehensive Spanish-language account of the Costa Rican flora.

Fabaceae, with 593 species, is the largest family in this volume, and the second largest in the Costa Rican flora. It includes almost the entire range of growth forms, but is most notable for its many important timber trees, as well as herbaceous food crops (the beans). The next two largest families in the volume are Euphorbiaceae (178 species) and Gesneriaceae (141 species); the first is also composed of many growth forms, the second almost entirely of herbs (many of them epiphytes). These three families account for over 60% of the total number of species in the volume. This identification manual includes brief formal descriptions and informal notes about each of a total of 30 families, 355 genera, and 1422 species. Keys to all the genera and species are also included. The treatments are illustrated with 412 line drawings, 30 black-and-white photographs, and eight pages of color plates.

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