Dracula ortiziana Luer & R. Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Otriz's Dracula [Colombian Priest - Father Pedro Ortiz Current and a personal friend]

Flower Size 1" x 6" [2.5 x 15 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, ascending, arising from low on the ramicaul,6.4" + [16+ cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence and carrying a tubular, just short to as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"The clustered leaves are long and narrow and the peduncles are more or less ascending. The deep rose purple sepals are shallowly cupped and long-tailed. The epichile of the lip is obovate, convex and irregularily laminate with unevenly toothed margins. The spichile frequently appears as if it were deformed with one or both sides more or less twisted or bent. Occasionally symetrical lips are produced but this species is one of anly a few that are chracterized by a convex epichile." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/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;