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

Flower and Plant Photo by 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 within cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally 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 single, 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, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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