Dracula octavioi Luer & R.Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Heinz Gutzke and his Flickr Orchid Photo Site

Another Flower

Flower Detail

Photo by Gary Meyer

Common Name Octavio's Dracula [refers to Brother Ospina - Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current and discoverer of species]

Flower Size 2" x 12" [5 x 30 cm]

Found in south western Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a medium sized, 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, very narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a slender, ascending to descending, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, successiverly few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and is sparsely bracted and has a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;