Dracula psittacina [Rchb.f.]Luer 1993SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Plant and Flowers Photos by © Milan Vagner.

Fall Winter

Common Name The Parrot Dracula [probably an allusion for the flower bud]

Flower Size 1.5 x 5" [3.75 x 12.5 cm]

Found in the central and eastern cordilleras of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical-obovate, acute, gradually narrowly cuneate below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, purple, more or less ascending to horizontal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, loose, successively 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying 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, D vlad-tepes and D orientalis as well as D. vinacea and D. diabola in Boyacá.

Synonyms *Masdevallia psittacina Rchb. f 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide