Dracula chiroptera Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower Photos by Milan Vagner

Common Name The Bat Dracula [Chiroptera refers to the order that bats are in taxonomically]

Flower Size 6" [15 cm] long

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in cloud forest at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, subplicate, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring in cultivation on a stout, horizontal to descending, loose, successively few flowered, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with tubular floral bracts.

This species can be quite color variable.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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