Dracula gastrophora Luer & Hirtz 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Gary Meyer

Common Name The Belly Carrying Dracula [refers to the epichile of the lip]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador as a small sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, broadly elliptical, subplicate, acute, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a suberect to horizontal, slender, 4.8" [12 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 4 to 6 distant bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson, Escobar 1993 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010

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