Dracula pusilla

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

Dracula pusilla is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

Description[edit | edit source]

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.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

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.

Culture[edit | edit source]

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.

Naming[edit | edit source]

Common Names: The Small Flowered Dracula

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

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