Dracula polyphemus (Luer) Luer 1878 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Side View of Flower

Flower Closeup

Closer Still Photo courtesy of Manfred Schmucker, Plants grown by Akerne Orchids of Belgium

Common Name The Cyclops Dracula

Flower Size 4" x 6" [10 x 15 cm]

A cloud forest, medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte from Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 2200 meters with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubualar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ereect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, lightly plicate, elliptical acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a purple, slender, horizontal to descending, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, sparesly bracted, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract. .

Synonyms *Masdevallia polyphemus Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010;

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