Dracula decussata Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Common Name The Crossed Dracula [refers to the crossed tails]

Flower Size 1" x 8" [2.5 x 20 cm]

Found in El Choco' department of western Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, sparsely bracted, horizontal, successively few flowered, 1.2" to 1.8" [3 to 4 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Dracula niesseniae P.Ortíz 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 drawing/photo/herbaria sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 as D niesseniae watercolor/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 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 Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 as D niesseniae photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;