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Dracula fafnir


Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroidae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: fafnir
Alliance:
Binomial name
Dracula fafnir
Luer 1993


Dracula fafnir is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.


Description Edit

Dracula fafnir appears to be the product of an unfortunate series of taxonomic errors. The plant was submitted to Luer for identification by J & L Orchids of Easton, CT, with the suggestion that it had come from southeast Ecuador. Luer named the material he had received "Dracula fafnir" and noted it was not particularly attractive. The plant, or what is believed to be the plant, subsequently bloomed out as Dracula venosa, and no other plants have ever been found in cultivation or the wild that match the description of D. fafnir. Most likely a mislabeled plant had an aberrant bloom (which is not at all uncommon for Draculas), leading ultimately to a taxon being created erroneously.

Distribution Edit

It is unlikely this species exists, or ever existed, in the wild or cultivation. It is said to be found in Northeastern Ecuador according to the Kew monocot list.

CultureEdit

Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cold to cool conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.

Naming Edit

Etymology: The clever, but unfortunately wasted name comes from Fafnir of Norse legends, a giant who turned himself into a dragon so as to guard the horde of gold (and powerful ring) he had obtained.

Common name: Fafnir's Dracula.

ReferencesEdit

  • Hermans, Johan & Clare. Orchid Digest special publication: An Annotation Checklist on the Genus Dracula. Orchid Digest Corp., 1997.

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