Dracula radiosa (Rchb.f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photos by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Gary Meyer

Common Name The Radiating Dracula [refers to the lip]

Flower Size 2" x 6" [5 x 15 cm]

Found from Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca departments of Colombia and northwest Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical,erect, thinly coriaceosu, carinate, elliptical, subplicate, acute, gradually narrwoing below into the conduplicate, indisitint, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a stout, subverrucose, horizontal to descending, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, subdense, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract

Synonyms Dracula medellinensis (Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Masdevallia medellinensis Kraenzl. 1921; *Masdevallia radiosa Rchb.f. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Masdevallia radiosa; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia radiosa drawing not = Masdevallia?; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia radiosa; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as Masdevallia radiosa photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;