Dracula dalessandroi Luer 1989SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Common Name D'alessandro's Dracula [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast Present]

Flower Size 2x6" [5 x 15 cm]

A small sized, cold growing epiphytic orchid species from Ecuador that is found in wet montane forests at altitudes of 2400 to 2700 meters with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, suberect to horizontal, 3 to 3.8" [7 to 9 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying 3 to 4 bracts and tubular floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 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

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