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

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

Flower Size 2x6" [5 x 15 cm]

A small sized, cool to 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, Ecobar 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

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