Dracula ubangina Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Gary Meyer and his The Dracula Website.

Another Flower

Flower and Plant

Photo by Patricia Harding.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Black Dracula

Flower Size 4" x 6" [10 x 15 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate, base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a horizontal to descending, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular, oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"The color of the sepals is black. Only a pale green, black-spriped band is present across the base of the dorsal sepal above the column and petals. Accasionally a few, small, indistinct flecks with less pigment occur on the inner, lower portions of the lateraal seplas where there is a short, sparse pubescence. Distinguished most from Dracula vampira in the smaller size of the flowers and color of the floral parts." Luer 1993

Synonyms Dracula vampira var. ubangina (Luer & Andreetta) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #2 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide