Dracula lehmanniana Luer & R.Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Common Name or Meaning Lehmann's Dracula [German Orchid Collector in Colombian Andes late 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found only in the department of Cauca in southwestern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, slightly plicate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a horizontal then ascending to erect, with the successively few flowers facing downwards and the 12 to 14" [30 to 35 cm] long, racemose inflorescnece arising from near the base of the ramicaul and is sparsely bracted with tubular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drwaing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo 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;