Dracula smaug Baquero & Gary Mey. 2014 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photos/TYPE Drawing by © Luis Baquero and The Google Scholar Website

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Common Name Smaug's Dracula [An allusion to the fire breathing dragon of the golden palace under Lonely Mountain in JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit]

Flower Size

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, compact ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular and carrying a single, erect, somewhat coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a lateral to ascending, arising from low on the ramicaul, peduncle compact, provided with a few bracts, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Photo above A: front view of D smaug B: to the left is the side view of the column and the lip, on the right is D smaug, C: Detail of Lip

" Similar to Dracula benedictii, distinguished by the orange colored sepaline cup, larger white lip with no lines or spotting, wider epichile with three similarly sized lamellae and subdenticulate border, no angle between the epichile and hypochile, and pubescent sepals." Baquero and Gary Meyer 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología XXXI - 2 / 2014; The Google Scholar Website Drawing/photo fide