Dracula navarroorum Luer & Hirtz 1993 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Photos by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Navarro's Dracula [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring in cultivation in Quito on a slender, suberect, arising from low on the ramicaul, 2" [5 cm] long, one to two successively flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to Dracula psittacina but differs in the tails of the sepals that are much thicker with more apical verrucosities. The lip is considerably larger with the epichile containing more lamellae and teeth that project above a margin that is not involute." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 as D sibundoyensis not watercolor/drawing fide; *Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 photo fide;