Dracula fuliginosa (Luer) Luer 1978SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo By Lourens Grobler and Flickr Orchid Photo Page

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids Home Page

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Sooty Dracula

Flower Size 4" x 10" [10 x 25 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador as an epiphyte that occurs at 1800 to 2500 meters in cloud forest as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, obovate, subplicate, acute, gradually narrowing to the indistinct conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, horizontal, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, few bracted, successively few flowered inlforescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Dracula radiella Luer 1978; *Masdevallia fuliginosa Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1990 as D radiella watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide as D radiella; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide as D radiella; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo as D radiella; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 as D radiella photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010

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