Dracula hawleyi is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.
Plant blooms in the fall with a single 3 cm wide flower. This species is similar to Dracula gigas but differs by havinga smaller and shallower lip with interrupted folds in the epichile.
The plant was first discovered by Ron Hawley. It was suspected to be a hybrid between Dracula gigas and Dracula levii. But the suspicion was false when more plants were found.
Plants are found in the cloud forest of northern Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters.
Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.
Common Names: Hawley's Dracula
- Hermans, Johan & Clare. Orchid Digest special publication: An Annotation Checklist on the Genus Dracula. Orchid Digest Corp., 1997.