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

Photo by Eric Hunt

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 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, 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; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;