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

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Carl Luer and Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002

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 Putumayo department of 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, arising from low on the ramicaul and is sparsely bracted, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, successiverly few flowered inflorescence with a tubular,shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by a swnsely caespitose habit with long, narrow leaves and descending peduncles. The medium sized, bell-shaped flowers are pale yellowish rose, diffused with red-brown. The inner surface is covered by a dense, white pubescence. The apices of the obtuse sepals are produced into 2 long, slender tails. The small epichile of the lip is concave with a few tall, radiating lines." Luer 1993


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 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; 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;