Dracula tubeana (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Flower and Plant Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Tubed-Shapped Dracula

Flower Size 5 x 8" [12.5 x 20 cm]

A cold growing, small sized epiphytic orchid from Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped baslly by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter spring and fall on a slender, ascending to descending, 4.2 x 7.2" [11 to 18 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract

Synonyms Dracula tarantula (Luer) Luer 1978; Masdevallia tarantula Luer 1978; *Masdevallia tubeana Rchb. f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Masdevallia tubeana; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010;