Dracula X radiosyndactyla Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Lourens Grobler.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Radiosa x Syndactyla Dracula

Flower Size 1.5 x 5" [3.75 x 12.5 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls with 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, carinate, elliptical-obovate, lightly plicate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a more or less horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with several bracts, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long, lax, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

This is a natural hybrid between 2 Colombian species, Dracula radiosa [Rchb.f]Luer and Dracula syndactyla Luer. They are both found in Ecuador and Colombia at 1850 to 2200 meters in the same area and have the same bloom season.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 5:389 Luer 1981; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;