Dracula berthae Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant in flower

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders


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

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia on the eastern cordillera at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic orchid is found 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, 3.2" 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 Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo 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; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;