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Dracula pusilla

Dracula pusilla

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. pusilla
Alliance:
Binomial name
Dracula pusilla
(Rolfe) Luer 1978


Dracula pusilla is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms in the fall with a single 2 cm wide flower.

It was first described by Rolfe in 1893 from a plant that flowered in the botanical gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found growing in tall mossy trees and wet branches in the cloud forest in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters.

CultureEdit

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

NamingEdit

Common Names: The Small Flowered Dracula

SynonymsEdit

  1. Masdevallia johannis Schltr. 1912
  2. *Masdevallia pusilla Rolfe 1893
  3. Dracula vagabunda Luer & R.Escobar 1981

ReferencesEdit

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

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