Dracula pileus Luer & R.Escobar 1979

Another Angle SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Photo by Gary Meyer

Common Name The Cap Dracula [refers to the lips similarity to an inverted cap of a mushroom]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia without locality as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, channeled ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less plicate, carinate dorsally, obovate, tridenticulate and subacute apically, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a descending, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, to 3 distantly flowered inflroescence with sparsely spaced bracts and a floral bract.

Recent DNA Studies have revealed that this species most likely is a natural hybrid between D bella and another unknown species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 #12 1996 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo ok; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;