Dracula x schudelii Luer & Hirtz 1999 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Schudel's Dracula [American Cultivator of species Current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte and may be a natural hybrid with one parent being D bella and the other D wallisii and is characterized by having erect, stout ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a lateral to pendant, arising from low on the ramicaul, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the narrowly elliptic leaves and a single, large, expanded flower. The sepals are light green with numerous, small, purple brown spots and with slender tails about 6" [15 cm] long. The epipchile of the lip is large and suborbicular with involute margins and filled with incomplete carinae and fragments. It has a crested ovary similar to Dracula vespertilio " Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;