Dracula mantissa Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae Photo by Scott Wilson

Another Angle Photo by Chad Sarles

Common Name The Little Value Dracula [refers to the small flowers]

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, horizontal, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, single or successively 2 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul that is sparsely bracted and has a tubular floral bract.

This species may have the smallest flower in the genus.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; 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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