Dracula morleyi Luer & Dalström 1993 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Flowers Photo by © Patricia Harding

Common Name Morley's Dracula [Dr Read, English Orchid Enthusiast and Director of the Los Cedros Reserve in Ecuador Current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet primary forests at elevations of 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, acuminate, narrowly cuneate into the elongate, conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a horizontal to descending, 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicual and has a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo 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