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

Photo by Lourens Grobler

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

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

Found in western 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, 6.4" + [16+ cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.


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;