Dracula amaliae Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Newly opened Flower, lip detail Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Amalia's Dracula [Sra Lehmann de Sarria Colombian grandaughter of Orchid Collector 1900's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 1900 meters as an small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through fall on a purple, horizontal to descending, succcesively few flowered, racemose, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/Herbarium specimen fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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