Dracula trinympharum Luer 1993 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo courtesy of Chad Sarles

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Three Nymph Dracula [refers to the three owners of J&L Orchids who helped in the discovery of this species]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, plicate, carinate, narrowly linear-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, sparsely bracted, 8 to 11.6" [20 to 29 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence with a tubular, oblique, half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Most similar to Dracula hawleyi but siffers in the deeply connate lateral sepals, the sepals studded within by red papillae and a smaller, red-purple, lip with a small saccare epichile." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010;