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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
            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
            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 I’m right.
            Visually the differences sometimes are so small    Aside from Carl Luer and Stig Dalström, in the last
            that it’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 it’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 I’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 I’m looking for these natural hybrids:  Dracula
            There are several clones known from D. tsubotae    anicula and D. callithrix. It’s my personal wish to
            from the south of Colombia, collected by José Luis   add these plants to my collection.
            Aguirre. But we only know of one plant of Dracula
            christineana that was bought by Eduardo Sánchez
            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.
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