Dracula carcinopsis Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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 department 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, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with several distant bracts, 4.4 to 6" [11 to 15 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The leaves are broad, subplicate and petiolate. The peduncles are shorter than the leaves and stand erect to bear the sinister appearing flowers heavily suffused with blackish brown, facing downward. They do not open widely, all three of the short tails curving downward. The concave, ovoid epipchile of the lip is filled with numerous, tall, irregular lamellae." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 58: 10 pg 1003 Luer 1989 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 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; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;