Dracula syndactyla Luer 1981

SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade WarmCoolSpring

Common Name The Web Fingered Dracula [refers to the appearance of the epichile]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 950 to 1950 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, lightly plicate, narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, more or less horizontal, provided with several bracts, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, lax, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Most remarkable is the concave epichile of the lip with radiating lamellae protruding beyond the thin margins as a row of small points." Luer 1993


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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;