Dracula diabola Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Plant and Flowers Photo by © Patricia Harding

Common Name The Devilish Dracula

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia on the eastern cordillera in the department of Boyaca within cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a stout, horizontal to ascending, purplish, 4 to 5 3/4" [10 to 14 cm] long, laxly, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few bracts as well as tubular floral bracts

This species is one of only seven Dracula species that occur on the eastern cordillera, the other 6 are, D gerhardii, D anthracina, D vlad-tepes and D orientalis in Santander as well as D. vinacea in Boyacá and D. psittaccina in Cundinamarca

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing./herbarium sheet fide; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids 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; 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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