Dracula berthae Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant in flower Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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Common Name Bertha's Dracula [Sra. Bertha Lasema de Bogata Colombia current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic orchid is found in eastern cordillera of Colombia in the department of Boyaca at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, purple, horizontal to ascending, few bracted, 3 1/4" to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arsiing from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts. .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia VOl 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing herbarium sheet fide; Native Colombian Orchid 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

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