Dracula ligiae Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by © Gary Meyers

Side View of flower

Flower in natural position

Photos by © Milan Vágner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

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Common Name Ligia's Dracula [Sra. Posada, Colombian Orchid Nurserywoman current}

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.75 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at altitudes of 1500 to 2050 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a stout, erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, carrying a few distant bracts, 2.8" [7 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Related to D severa in the broad subpetiolate base leaves, erect inflorescence and an immobile lip, but differs in the large, ovoid and concave epipchile with multiple radiating lamellae." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;