Dracula fuliginosa (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Photo by David Morris

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing Of D radiella by Carl Luer


Common Name The Sooty Dracula

Flower Size 4" x 10" [10 x 25 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters in cloud forest as a medium 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, obovate, subplicate, acute, gradually narrowing to the indistinct conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, few bracted, successively few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

Similar to Dracula radiosa but the flowers of D fuliginosa are less cupped and only about half the size. Both have a suborbicular epichile of the lip is deeply concave with smooth margins and filled with tall lamellae radiating from the base of the hypochile like spokes of a wheel." Luer 1993

Synonyms Dracula radiella Luer 1978; *Masdevallia fuliginosa Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 as D radiella watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide as D radiella; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide as D radiella; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 as D radiella photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 as D radiella photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 as D radiella photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #2 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #1 2015 photo fide;