Dracula gorgona (Veitch) Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Flower Closeup

Different Flower Shape Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

A less Hairy Clone Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Gorgona Dracula [Mythical Greek Monster]

Flower Size 6" [15 cm]

A small sized, cool to cold growing Colombian epiphytic species that is found on the western cordillera in Risaralda, Choco and Caldas states in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaeous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate, base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a stout, horizontal to descending, 4" [10 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Masdevallia chimaera var. gorgona H.J.Veitch 1889; Masdevallia gorgona Veitch 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/ drawing/herbarium sheet fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

Dracula gorgona var xanthina Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

A yellow flower color form of the preceding species

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as D gorgona var xanthina photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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