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  Helicodiceros moved to Dracunculus????
From: "Alan Galloway" <alan_galloway at bellsouth.net> on 2011.12.12 at 13:18:22(22470)
I recently heard the rumor that Helicodiceros has been or is about to be
moved into Dracunculus?

Could anyone (perhaps those involved) shed any light on this rumor?

If it's true I've got a lot of labels to rewrite!

Alan

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From: "D. Christopher Rogers" <branchiopod at gmail.com> on 2011.12.12 at 16:11:38(22472)
Hello, Alan!

That was tried quite a long time ago. It was not supported and our beloved Helidcodiceros is safe, as are your labels.

Hopefully nothing new is being tried. As I recall Helicodiceros, Biarum and Dracunculus are all genetically and morphologically distinct.

Happy days,

Christopher

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From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2011.12.12 at 20:55:49(22475)
Hi Alan,

Your rumour is a bit out-dated: Helicodiceros was in fact 'moved' to Dracunculus 1857! [Dracunculus muscivorus (L.f.) Parl., Fl. Ital. 2: 252 (1857).]

However, recent molecular analyses (e.g., Mansion et al 2008 [Systematic Biology 57(2), 269Ė285] have not only strongly supported that Helicodicerous is 'good' but that it is not even particularly closely related to Dracunculus, it is sister to Eminium. Dracunculus is sister to a clade comprising Gymnomesium (i.e., Arum pictum) + Arum.

Pete

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From: "Alan Galloway" <alan_galloway at bellsouth.net> on 2011.12.14 at 07:11:24(22477)
Pete and Christopher,

Many thanks on the confirmation that Helicodiceros will remain as Helicodiceros......so glad to know

that I donít have to redo labels in the winter
weather!

Alan

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From: "D. Christopher Rogers" <branchiopod at gmail.com> on 2011.12.15 at 07:00:34(22481)
Dear Alan,

I understand the frustration. All those Sauromatum labels that I changed to Typhonium and then back . . .

Happy days!

Christopher

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