Dracula lemurella Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Coloborquideas

Another Flower

Photo by Richard Korber

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Lemur-Like Dracula

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1650 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, more or less horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, 2" to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm], successively 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the edicel floral bract.

"Recognized by the small, caespitose habit with narrow leaves and short, more or less transverse peduncles. The small, successive, cream colored flowers are shortly pubescent within. The transversely ovate, shallow epichile of the very small, distinctive lip contains three tall, protruding lamellae. The epichile is smaller than the hypochile which is deeply and broadly cleft." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 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;