Dracula sodiroi (Schltr.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Sodiroa Photo by Jay Pfahl plant grown by Arturo Carrillo.

Another Flower Photo by Dale and Deni Borders plant grown by Jimm Rassmann.

Another Flower Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence and Plant Photos by Eric Hunt plant grown by SF Conservatory of Flowers.

Common Name Father Sodiro's Dracula [Ecuadorian Priest early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 5/8" [4 cm]

This is a Ecuadorian cool to cold growing terrestrial species found at elevations of 1500 to 2400 meters with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into an indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, slender, 8" [20 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with tubular, oblique floral bract.

Similar to D erythrocodon but differs in the terrestrial habit, the multi flowered inflorescence, the externally orange colored flowers and the abscence of a callus on the petals.

Synonyms *Masdevallia sodiroi Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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