Dracula hirsuta Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Hairy Dracula [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size 1.5" x 8" [3.75 x 20 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, descending, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, congested, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with tubular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing ok?; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol76 #2 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide