Dracula brangeri Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Gary Meyer

Another Flower

Flower and Plant

Photos by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name Branger's Dracula [Dutch Orchid Collector 1900's]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Colombian species of the central cordillera and has a hinged movable lip otherwise very similar to D chimaera. It is a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the slender subpetiolate base and blooms in the fall on a loose, arising from low on the ramicaul, horizontal to pendant, provided with a few, distant bracts, 4" [10 cm] long, racemose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with an oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the orange bbbrown, cupped flower with everted margins of the sepals. The petals and lip are not remarkably different from those species related to the Dracula houtteana - Dracula psittacina complex. The small, transversely ovate epichile of the lip is concave with involute margins and with a few, low radiating lamellae froma crested, central carina." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 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; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;

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