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It’s mainly in the Subsections Dracula series Par-  Some years ago I talked with Stig Dalström about
          viflora that I wonder if some species aren’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                                  The Genus “Dracula” C.A. Luer
          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 Dalström has a lot of experience (build in                                     Dracula Subgenus Dracula
          D. vinacea and possibly D. diabola and D. hirsuta.   the years working together with Carl Luer) and  it                                type: Dracula chimaera
          Also with Dracula fuligifera and D. mendozae,  I    would be desirable that sufficient funds were rai-                                         Subgenus Dracula section Andreettaea
          think they could be varieties of eachother.         sed to let him conduct DNA investigations. Doing                                           type: Dracula andreetae
                                                              thus it could improve the list of Dracula species.                                         Subgenus Dracula section Chestertonia
          DNA investigations will have to prove if I’m right.                                                                                            type: Dracula chestertonii
          Visually the differences sometimes are so small     Aside from Carl Luer and Stig Dalström, in the last                                        Subgenus Dracula section Cochliopsia
          that it’s hard to find the proper name.             few years also Alfonso Doucette, Luis Baquero                                              type: Dracula cochliops
                                                              and Gary Meyer, are very active in describing new                                          Subgenusnl Dracula section Dodsonia
          Another problem occurs in the Subsection Dracula  Dracula species.                                                                             type: Dracula dodsonii
          series Grandiflorae -  Parvilabiatae, which includes
          Dracula gigas together with Dracula levii. They     There are some more plants in which it’s not clear                                         Subgenus Dracula section Dracula
                                                                                                                                                         type: Dracula chimaera
          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                                                 Section Dracula subsection Costatae
          D. trinympharum. All grow in a fairly small area in   and D. vierlingii. To me D. leonum and D. nigritella                                            type: Dracula bella
          Ecuador, in the Maldonado region in the province    are synonyms and the others are natural hybrids.                                                  Section Dracula subsection Dracula
          of Carchi. There should be more transparancy in                                                                                                       type: Dracula chimaera
          which are species and which are natural hybrids.    My collection is almost complete, but I’m still                                                          Subsection Dracula series Dracula
                                                              looking for these species: Dracula gastrophora,                                                          type: Dracula chimaera
          Another big question, to me, is the difference bet-  D. immunda,D.  lehmanniana and D.  lindstroemii.                                                        Subsection Dracula series Grandiflorae - Parvilabiatae
          ween Dracula christineana and D. tsubotae.          Also I’m looking for these natural hybrids:  Dracula                                                     type: Dracula spectrum
          There are several clones known from D. tsubotae     anicula and D. callithrix. It’s my personal wish to                                                      Subsections Dracula series Parviflorae
          from the south of Colombia, collected by José Luis   add these plants to my collection.                                                                      type: Dracula lotax
          Aguirre. But we only know of one plant of Dracula
          christineana that was bought by Eduardo Sánchez                                                                                        Dracula Subgenus Sodiroa
                                                                                                                                                 type: Dracula sodiroi
          from Cuenca, Ecuador. Nobody ever found any
          other plants of this species in the south of Ecua-                                                                                     Dracula Subgenus Xenosia
          dor. Both were described by mr. Luer in 2002.                                                                                          type: Dracula xenos (hybrid Dracuvallia)

                                                                                                                                 Luer, C. A. 1993. Icones Pleurothallidinarum X.     Luer, C. A. 1999. Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVIII.
                                                                                                                                 Systematics of Dracula (Orchidaceae).               Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Pleurothal-
                                                                                                                                 Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 46: 1–244.   lis, subsect. Longiracemosae, subsect. Macrophyllae-Racemosae,
                                                                                                                                                                                     subsect. Perplexae, subgen. Pseudostelis, subgen. Acuminatia.
                                                                                                                                 Luer, C. A. 1994. Icones Pleurothallidinarum XI.    Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Masdevallia and
                                                                                                                                 Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenusnl Brachycladium and  Pleurot-  Pleurothallis. Miscellaneous new species of Dryadella, Lepanthes
                                                                                                                                 hallis subgenera Aenigma, Elongatia, Kraenzlinella.   and Pleurothallis.
                                                                                                                                 Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthopsis, Myoxanthus, Platystele, Por-  Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76: 1–182.
                                                                                                                                 roglossum, and Trisetella.
                                                                                                                                 Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 52: 1–137.   Luer, C. A. 2006. Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII.
                                                                                                                                                                                     A reconsideration of Masdevallia. Systematics of Specklinia and
                                                                                                                                 Luer, C. A. 1997. Icones Pleurothallidinarum XV.    vegetatively similar taxa (Orchidaceae). Miscellaneous new taxa in
                                                                                                                                 Systematics of Trichosalpinx. Addenda to Dracula, Masdevallia,   the Pleurothallid genera Acianthera, Acronia,  Arthrosia, Colombi-
                                                                                                                                 Myoxanthus, and Scaphosepalum.                      ana, Crocodeilanthe, Dracula, Dryadella, Loddigesia, Masdevallia,
                                                                                                                                 Corrigenda to Lepanthes of Ecuador (Orchidaceae).   Myoxanthus, Ogygia,
                                                                                                                                 Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 64: 1–136.   Platystele, Porroglossum, Restrepia and Trichosalpinx.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 105: 1–274.
                                                                                                                                 Luer, C. A. 1998. Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII
                                                                                                                                 Systematics of subgen. Pleurothallis sect. Abortivae sect. Truncatae   Thesaurus Dracularum
                                                                                                                                 sect. Pleurothallis subsect. Acroniae subsect. Pleurothallis subgen.   part I to VII
                                                                                                                                 Dracontia subgen. Unciferia Addenda to Dracula, Lepanthes, Mas-  Carlyle A. Luer
                                                                                                                                 devallia, Porroglossum, and Scaphosepalum.          Missouri Botanical Gardens
                                                                                                                                 Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 72: 1–121.
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