Dracula exasperata Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Smooth Dracula

Flower Size 6.4" [16 cm]

This epiphytc species is found in southern Colombia in wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a small to medium 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, linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, horizontal to descending, successively few flowered, [7 to 17 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few bracts as well as having floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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