Dracula psyche (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

WinterSpring

Common Name The Butterfly-Like Dracula

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly elliptical to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetiolate, base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, purple, ascending to horizontal, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, few bracted, congested, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms *Masdevallia psyche Luer & Andreetta 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide;Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; 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

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