Dracula iricolor (Rchb. f.) Luer & R. Escobar 1982SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia

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Another Flower

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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

Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Rainbow Dracula

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in 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, slender, erect, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few bracts and a tubular floral bract inflorescence with single flowers produced in succession.

Synonyms Dracula quilichaoŽnsis (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; *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 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