Dracula fernandezii Cavestro 2013 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae


Photos by © Jacques Fernandez

Full shade Cool LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name Fernandez's Dracula [French collector of this species current]

Flower Size 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm]

Found in Ecuador on trees in forests at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls carrying 5.2 to 8.8" [13 to 22 cm] long by .8 to 1.8" [2 to 4.5 cm] wide leaves that blooms innthe late summer and early fall on an erect, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, descending, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with flower that have a peculiar recurved sepals.

This species has an affinity with Dracula marsupialis Luer & Hirtz but has recurved lateral sepals, linear-oblong petals, epichile of labellum broadly ovate (oblong in D. marsupialis), the cavity half deeper and not forming a pouch.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rhône-Alpes Orchidées N°51 : 10-14, 2013 ; Die Orchidee 65(1) : 28-31, 2014; L'Orchidophile 45(1), 2014.