Dracula portillae Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia Luer 1978 Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in wet montane and cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold 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, arising from low on the ramicaul, sparsely bracted, 4.8" to 6.8" [12 to 17 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter to longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Related to Dracula dodsonii but characterized by the ascending repent habit with narrow leaves slightly surpassed by erect peduncles with a slow procession of small, brown striped flowers. The white lip is obovoid without any demarkation between epipchile and hypochile, The rounded apex is smooth and convex and the hypochile is shortly and shallowly cleft." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 61 1980; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar 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; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #2 2012 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide