Dracula hawleyi Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Lip detail Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Gary Meyer

Common Name Hawley's Dracula [American co-discoverer of species 1900's]

Flower Size 1.2" x 6" [3 x 15 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a horizontal to suberect, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a few bracts and a oblique, tubular floral bract.

Can be confused with D gigas but has pale yellow or whitish flowers suffused with light orange brown and has no callus on the apices of the sepals as in D levii and the mentum of the synsepal below the column foot is less conspicuous, the lip is considerably smaller with an obscure transition between the epichile and the hypochile as well as less incomplete laminae on the small epichile.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson, Escobar 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; 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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