Bolivia, April - May 2007
Collection trip: Plurinational State of BoliviaDate collected:April 2007 to May 2007Participants: Dr Stephen Stern, Ronald Flores, Oscar Colque, Dr Michael Nee, Donald McClelland, Aquilino Molina
At the end of April and through the first half of May, Michael Nee (NY), Donald McClelland (NY), and Stephen Stern (UT) collected in Bolivia. The trip itself was broken into several sub-trips. The first sub-trip was a 10 day drive from Santa Cruz in the lowlands up to Cochabamba in the Andes via the "New Road" and back through the mountains via the "Old Road". On this trip Michael, Donald, and Stephen were joined by Fabian Michelangeli, also of The New York Botanical Garden, and two Bolivian college students Oscar Colque and Ronald Flores. The route taken led through a wide range of habitats and yielded a wealth of specimens including a couple of new species of Solanum.
On the next sub-trip, Donald and Stephen along with Aquilino Molina, another Bolivian college student, flew to the town of Trinidad in the Amazon Basin. Here along with other interesting plants, they collected the world’s 4th and 5th specimens of Solanum moxosense M.Nee named a mere five months earlier by Michael.
On the final sub-trip Michael took Stephen and Donald to the Chaco and an area of fixed dunes south of Santa Cruz. This sojourn yielded Solanum turneroidese Chodat, interesting because of its explosive berries.