Dracula fafnir Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full Shade Cool LATEFallEARLYwinter

Common Name The Dragon Dracula [refers to Fafnir a dragon of Icelandic Lore]

Flower Size 1.2" tall x .6" wide [3 x 1.5 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, tall carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the conduplicate, long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a horizontal to descending, loose, 4.8" to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with sparse bracts and a tubular, oblique floral bract .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 drawing fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010