Dracula flabellulata Vierling 2020 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Lip detail front and back

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by Gerhard Vierling and Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 141 Vierling 2020


Common Name or Meaning Mrs. Dickinson's Dracula [companion of the Author current]

Flower Size 3.4" [8.5 cm] wide

A plant of unknown origin as a small sized, presumed epiphyte with erect, strong ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly leathery, keeled, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on a slender, horizontal to erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a few distant bracts, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Dracula flabellulata is similar to !Dracula chimaera , and Dracula wallisii, but differs by the different shaped epichile of the lip (obovate versus spathulate by Drac. chimaera and Drac. wallisii), by the indistinct demarcation of the epichile's lamellae (which blends into each other and reminds one of the Mycetozoa sp.) and by the rugose, flabellate shaped mesochile of the lip." Vierling 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 141 Vierling 2020 drawing/photo fide;