Dracula dalstroemii Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo by Gary Meyers

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens

Another Flower

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dalstroem's Dracula [Swedish/American Botanist and Orchid Painter current]

Flower Size 2 x 7" [5 x 17.5 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cold wet cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate-linear, acute, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a stout, more or less horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, 10" to 13.6" [25 to 34 cm] long, successively few flowereed, racomse inflorescence and carrying tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"A large specie sintermediate between Dracula gigas and Dracula levii with large rosy, rounded sepals are pubescent within and a rounded, marginal callus subtends the base of the dorsal sepals, suggesting a relationship with the smaller snow-white D levii. The petals and lip are similar to D gigas." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide;