Dracula insolita Luer & R.Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia

Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Strange Dracula [refers to the erect inflorescence]

Flower Size 1" x 4" [2.5 x 10 cm]

Found in Western Colombia in the department of Valle de Cauca in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphytc species with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf and is one of the few Dracula with an erect inflorescence occuring in the winter and spring that is slender, 2" [5 cm] long, 2 to 3, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few distant 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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;