Dracula orientalis Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Eastern Dracula [The Easternmost Dracula]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

A small to medium sized, cool growing, epiphytic Colombian species that is found in the eastern cordillera of Norte de Santander State in wet cloud forests at elevations of 2050 meters with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, erect, carinate, very narrowly obovate, acute leaf that is gradually narrowed below into the base and blooms in the spring on a slender, descending to horizontal, 4 3/4" to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long, successive single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a tubular floral bract.

This species is one of only seven Dracula species that occur on the eastern cordillera, the other 6 are, D gerhardii, D anthracina and D vlad-tepes as well as D. vinacea and D. diabola in Boyacá and D. psittaccina in Cundinamarca

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo good; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 as D cf orientalis photo ok

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