Dracula dodsonii (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia Luer 1978

Photo by Gary Meyer


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dodson's Dracula [American Orchid Taxomonist Ecuador current]

Flower Size 1 1/2" x 5" [3.75 x 12.5 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca and Narino departments of Colombia as well as Pichincha province of Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in cloud forests at elevetions or 1600 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial on steep embankments or as an epiphtye with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, successively few flowered, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is sparsely bracted, arising from low on the ramicaul and has loose, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the erete peduncle with a slow succession of awkwardly appearing flowers. The flowres always seem weak and more or less tilted with an ungraceful carriage of the tails. The basic color of the gaping sepals is yellowish, but this is obscured by a dull suffusion of purplish brown that forms stripes on the sepals. The lip is white with a smooth. convex, rounded epipchile deflexed on a smaller hypochile with a poorly developed cleft." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia dodsonii Luer 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana Vol 3 18 Luer 1976 as Masdevallia dodsonii Drawing fide; * Selbyana 2: 198 Luer 1978; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson, Escobar 1993 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide