Dracula nosferatu Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Colomborquideas

Another Flower Color

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Nosferatu Dracula

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or sometimes terrestrial with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, obovate, subplicate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a more or less horizontal, several bracted, 4.2 to 5.2" [11 to 13 cm] long, successively few flowered, raceomse inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"The sepals are deep purple except for a broad, white, scalloped halo over the column and petals, reminiscent of the coronet found along the base of the dorsal sepals of Dracula vampira . A lesser patch of white is present on the lateral sepals. The connate lateral sepals forma deep, narrow mentum. The epichile of the lip is thin with gently curved sides and silled with numerous, radiating, branching lamellae." Luer 1993

References * AOS Bulletin Vol 58 #10 1009 1989; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 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; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide;