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Itâ€™s mainly in the Subsections Dracula series Par- Some years ago I talked with Stig DalstrÃ¶m about viflora that I wonder if some species arenâ€™t actual my questions above, and he told me he thought varieties, like Dracula houtteana, D. navarrorum, that eventually between 80 and 90 species will be D. psittacina and maybe even D. presbys. And ma- left, all the others will prove to be natural hybrids. ybe even with Dracula anthracina, D. pholeodytes, Stig DalstrÃ¶m has a lot of experience (build in D. vinacea and possibly D. diabola and D. hirsuta. the years working together with Carl Luer) and it Also with Dracula fuligifera and D. mendozae, I would be desirable that sufficient funds were rai- think they could be varieties of eachother. sed to let him conduct DNA investigations. Doing thus it could improve the list of Dracula species. DNA investigations will have to prove if Iâ€™m right. Visually the differences sometimes are so small Aside from Carl Luer and Stig DalstrÃ¶m, in the last that itâ€™s hard to find the proper name. few years also Alfonso Doucette, Luis Baquero and Gary Meyer, are very active in describing new Another problem occurs in the Subsection Dracula Dracula species. series Grandiflorae - Parvilabiatae, which includes Dracula gigas together with Dracula levii. They There are some more plants in which itâ€™s not clear have produced a number of natural hybrids like to me if the names are correct, such as: Dracula Dracula hawleyi, and possibly D. dalstroemii and fafnir, D. leonum, D. nigritella, D. trinympharum D. trinympharum. All grow in a fairly small area in and D. vierlingii. To me D. leonum and D. nigritella Ecuador, in the Maldonado region in the province are synonyms and the others are natural hybrids. of Carchi. There should be more transparancy in which are species and which are natural hybrids. My collection is almost complete, but Iâ€™m still looking for these species: Dracula gastrophora, Another big question, to me, is the difference bet- D. immunda,D. lehmanniana and D. lindstroemii. ween Dracula christineana and D. tsubotae. Also Iâ€™m looking for these natural hybrids: Dracula There are several clones known from D. tsubotae anicula and D. callithrix. Itâ€™s my personal wish to from the south of Colombia, collected by JosÃ© Luis add these plants to my collection. Aguirre. But we only know of one plant of Dracula christineana that was bought by Eduardo SÃ¡nchez from Cuenca, Ecuador. Nobody ever found any other plants of this species in the south of Ecua- dor. Both were described by mr. Luer in 2002.