Dracula anicula Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo by Orquideologia and their Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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Photo by The Dracula Species Europe Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full Shade CoolCold Fall

Common Name The Little Old Woman Dracula [refers to the flowers appearance as a withered, toothless female face]

Flower Size 5" tall x 3" wide [12.5 x 7.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1900 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a stout, green, subverrucose, more or less horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with sparse bracts, lax, 3.6" to 6" [9 to 15 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

This species is a natural hybrid between D. cutis-bufonis and D. wallisii. Can be recognized by the more or less rounded, 1ightly twised sepals, finely spotted with purple on green and shortly pubescent and verrucose within, carinate peatlas and a flexible, transversely obong, concave red-orange lip containing several incomplete branching lamellae." Luer & Escobar 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide