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

Flower Closeup

Different Flower Shape

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

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]

Found in Risaralda, Choco and Caldas departments of in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing Colombian epiphytic species that is found on the western cordillera 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; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; 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 fide;AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 #5 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #12 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula

Dracula gorgona var xanthina

Photo by Eric Hunt

A yellow flower color form of the preceding species

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 # 7 1979 photo fide Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as D gorgona var xanthina photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide;

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