Dracula inaequalis (Rchb. f.) Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Flower Closeup Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Plant and Flower Photo by Milan Vagner

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Common Name The Unequaled Dracula [refers to the supposed unequal size to the the sepals]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.5 cm]

A Colombian and Ecuadorian species in rainforests and foothills from altitudes of 400? to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through early fall on a slender, pendulous, 7" [17.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 to 3 suppressed bracts, a tubular floral bract and holding a single bell shaped flower well below the plant.

Synonyms Dracula carderi [Rchb.f]Luer 1978; Masdevallia carderi Rchb. f. 1883; *Masdevallia inequalis Rchb. f. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Masdevallia carderi; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia carderi drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia carderi; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 as D carderi photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide

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