Dracula chestertonii [Rchb.f.]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Chestertonae Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Clone Photo by 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] longl, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul carrying a fragrant [mushrooms] flower held below the leaves.

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; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as Masdevallia chestertonii; Orquideologia Vol 13 Nom1 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide