Dracula marsupialis Luer & Hirtz 1986 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

Flower detail Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Spring

Common Name The Marsupial Like Dracula [Refers to the pouched lip, like a Kangaroo would have]

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular shjeaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, subplicate, elliptical, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, horizontal to descending with the flower facing downwards, 12 to 16.8" [30 to 42 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few distant bracts and with a tubular floral bract. .

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; 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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