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

Plant and Flower Photo by © Patricia Harding

Common Name The Eastern Dracula [The Easternmost Dracula]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

A small to medium sized, cool to cold 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, gradually narrowed below into the base leaf that 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, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo good; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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