Dracula tubeana (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower and Plant

Photo by Patricia Harding


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Tubed-Shapped Dracula

Flower Size 5 x 8" [12.5 x 20 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador within cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a slender, ascending to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, 4.2 x 7.2" [11 to 18 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"In habit this species is large with broad leaves and a descending peduncle. The handsome flowers are distinguished by the acute, long-tailed, pubescent sepals, ivory basally with a broad, white mentum and red-purple above the middle. The snow white epichile of the lip is transverse with recurved sides and with multiple radiating veins within." Luer 1993

Synonyms Dracula tarantula (Luer) Luer 1978; Masdevallia tarantula Luer 1978; *Masdevallia tubeana Rchb. f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Masdevallia tubeana; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide