Dracula sijmii Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Side View of FlowerPhotos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name or Meaning Sijm's Dracula [Dutch Original Collector of Species current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a small sized epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below in to the condplicate base leaf that blooms on an ascending to horizontal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, successively, distantly few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract.

Similar to D houteana but differs in the distantly flowered inflorescence with sepals that are deep purple-black externally, gray-purple and sparsely spiculate within, deeply connate into a conical, sepaline cup or tube and a round, proportionally wider with incomplete lamellae epichile and a hypochile with both margins cleft and have a pair of papillae.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing ok; 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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