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


Dracula hawleyi is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

Description

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.

Distribution

Plants are found in the cloud forest of northern Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters.

Culture

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.

Naming

Common Names: Hawley's Dracula

References

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