Dracula chestertonii [Rchb.f.]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Chestertonae Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Chesterson's Dracula [English Orchid Collector in Colombia 1800's]

Flower Size to about 3" [7 cm]

A cool to cold growing, small sized orchid from Antioquia, Choco' and Valle de Cauca Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, dark green, lightly plicate, thinly coriaceous, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and autumn on a slender, horizontal to descending, multi-bracted, purple, 8" [20 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a few single, fragrant [mushrooms] flowers borne in succession and held below the plant.

Synonyms *Masdevallia chestertoni Rchb.f 1883; Masdevallia macrochila Regel 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Masdevallia chestertoni; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia chestertonii drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia chestertoni; Orquideologia Vol 13 Nom1 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo