Dracula aphrodes Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflore-Parvilabiatae

Photo by © Gary Meyers

Lip detail

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner

Common Name The Foamy Dracula [refers to the epichile of the lip]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a stout, erect, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;