Dracula trichroma (Schltr.) Hermans 1997 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia Luer 1978

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Flower in situ Reserva Messina Antioquia Colombia 3/2020

Side View Flower in situ Reserva Messina Antioquia Colombia 3/2020

Plant in situ Reserva Messina Antioquia Colombia 3/2020

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Drawing

Drawing by © Carl Luer

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Common Name The Tri Colored Dracula

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Cauca, Risaralda and Putomayo departments of Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 2600 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing orchid with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indisitinct conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect to arching, arising from low on the ramicaul slender, erect, provided with a few bracts 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with tubular, longer than the pedicel floral braacts with single flowers produced in succession.

"Easily recognized by the ascending habit with erect peduncles with small, pale lavender, short tailed flowers that face downward. The epiichile of the lip is smooth and convex." Luer 1993

Synonyms Dracula iricolor (Rchb. f.) Luer & R. Escobar 1982; Dracula quilichaoŽnsis (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Dracula tricolor (Rchb. f.) Luer & R. Escobar 1982; Masdevallia iricolor Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl. 1925; Masdevallia quilichaoŽsis F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1925; *Masdevallia trichroma Schltr. 1919; Masdevallia tricolor Rchb. f. 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 as D trichroma photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 as D trichroma; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 as D trichroma photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #1 2015 as D trichoma photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 as D trichoma photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide

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