Dracula simia (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula Series Dracula Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Monkey-Like Dracula

Flower Size 2 x 6" [5 x 15 cm]

A southeastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian species in cloud forests from elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheatsh and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptiacl-linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetilate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a stout, subverrucose, sparsely bracted, horizontal to descending, 4 to 6" [10 t o15 cm] long, congested, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract and with large flowers resembling a monkey's face.

Synonyms *Masdevallia simia Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 2008 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010;

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