Dracula insolita Luer & R.Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dodsonia Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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

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

This small sized, warm to cool growing epiphytc species is found in Western Colombia in Valle de Cauca in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters 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 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a few distant bracts. and blooms in the winter.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchid 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;