Dracula carlueri J. Hermans & P.J. Cribb 1998 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Flower and Plant

Photos by Gary Meyer


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Carl Luer's Dracula [American Pleurothallidinae King Current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1300 to 1400 as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a suberect to horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence and has a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to D erythrochaete but differs by the deeply cupped flower with incurved margins of the sepals. The sepals are densely long-pubescent within. The lip is similar to the former but the epichile is proportionally smaller. The epichile of both specis is concave with involute margins and three, thin, longitudinal carinae and a few small, incomplete, raiating carinae." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;