Dracula portillae Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Common Name Portilla's Dracula [Mario Portilla - Ecuadorian Orchid Curator and Discoverer of species]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane and cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowily elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a erect, slender, sparsely bracted, 4.8" to 6.8" [12 to 17 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; 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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