Dracula carcinopsis Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Eric Hunt and Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Crab Dracula [refers loosely to the flower's shape]

Flower Size 1 3/4" wide [4.2 cm wide]

Found in Cauca state of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, carinate, broadly elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, 4.4 to 6" [11 to 15 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with several distant bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 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