Dracula ophioceps Luer & R.Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Side View of Flower

Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The The Snake-Headed Dracula [refers to the callus shape with two teeth]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia on the central cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a descending, slender, purple, arising from low on the ramicaul, many bracted, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, as long as to slightly longer than the pedicel floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herarium sheet fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 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;