Dracula benedictii (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt, plant grown by SF Conservatory of Flowers

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Common Name Benedict's Dracula [Roezl, Bohemian Orchid Collector and discoverer of species 1800's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in central Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2300 meters as a cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, very narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a congested, purplish, horizontal to descending, 3" [7.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising form low on the ramicaul with bracts at each joint of the scape and tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Dracula benedictii var. hubeinii (Luer) Hermans 1997; Dracula hubeinii Luer 1980; Dracula troglodytes (E. Morren) Luer 1978; *Masdevallia benedicti Rchb. f. 1874; Masdevallia troglodytes E. Morren 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 as Masdevallia benedicti drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia troglodytees; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo ok; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orquideeologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 photo fide;

Dracula benedictii var. hubeinii (Luer) Hermans 1997 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

A color variety of the previous species

References Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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