Dracula hirsuta Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Hairy Dracula [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size 1.5" x 8" [3.75 x 20 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, congested, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence with tubular, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the long and narrow leaves, the slightly cupped flower densely pubescent within and heavily speckled with maroon and the epichile of the white lip is ovoid and concave wither erect, denticulate, non-involute margins and with a few tal, incomplete, undulating lamellae." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 47(2): 59 Luer & Andreetaea 1980; 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 ok?; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225 [3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #2 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide