Dracula felix (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Plant and Flowers

Photos by © Milan Vágner.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © CaRL lUER


Common Name The Fruitful Dracula [refers to the many capsules this species can produce]

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm] long

Found in Narino department of Colombia and Pichincha, Carchi provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 , loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an short, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with several bracts, slender, purplish, suberect to horizontal, single flowered inflorescence with tubular,as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"One of the few Dracula that can be identified in the field without flower because of the numerous, short, suberect, single flowered inflorescence, old and new are present. Numerous flowers are often produced simultaneously and many produde a winged capsule. The flowers are small, whitish and deeply cupped with dark red tails." Luer 1993

Synonyms Masdevallia felix Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 2(2,3): 195 Luer 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo drawing/fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 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 drawing/photo fide;