Dracula citrina Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Flower Closeup Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Lemon-Yellow Dracula

Flower Size 1" x 5" [2.5 x 12.5 cm]

This small sized, epiphytc species is found in Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a horizontal to ascending, 3 to 3 3/4" [7 to 8 cm] long, successively few, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 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 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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