Dracula carcharodon Vierling 2020 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Column and Lip detail

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by Gerhard Vierling and Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 136 Vierling 2020

Common Name or Meaning The Great White Shark Dracula [refers to the teeth of the epichle which appear to be shark's teeth]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm] wide

A plant of unknown origin as a small sized, presumed epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 4, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly leathery, keeled, narrowly elliptical to obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a few distant bracts, 1.68" [4.2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Dracula carcharodon is similar to Dracula fuligifera, but differs by the cordiform epichile of the lip, by the longer pedicel .76" versus .44" (19 mm versus 11 mm] by Drac. fuligifera) and by the altogether larger flower." Vierling 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 136 Vierling 2020 drawing/photo fide;