Dracula erythrocodon (Luer & Dalström) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007 SUBGENUS Sodiroa

Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Another Plant Photo by © The Ecuagenera Website

Deep Shade Cold LATER Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Red Bell Dracula [refers to the campanulate red flower]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in forests on steep ridges at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveolped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, erect, sparsely bracted, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long, single [occasionally followed by a second] flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with tubular oblique floral bracts and carrying the externally red, campanulate flower.

Similar to D sodiroi but differs in the epiphytic habit, the single flowered inflorescence, the reddish color of the outside of the flower and the flat purple callus on the inner surface of the claw of the petals below the middle.

Synonyms *Dracula sodiroi subsp. erythrocodon Luer & Dalström 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 as D sodiroi subsp erythrocodon drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; 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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