Dracula rastamanoides Vierling 2020 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Lip detail front and back

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by Gerhard Vierling and Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 141 Vierling 2020


Common Name or Meaning The Dreadlock Dracula [Refers to the elongated, curled tails of the sepals]

Flower Size 1.56" [3.4 cm] wide

A plant of unknown origin as a small sized, presumed epiphyte with erect, strong ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly leathery, keeled, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on a slender, horizontal to ascending, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a 4 bracts, 4.8 to 5.2" [12 to 13 cm] long, successively single, to 2 flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Dracula rastamanoides is similar to Dracula benedicti, but differs by the larger and wider leaves, by the colour and structure of the sepals (purple-black/minutely verucose within by Drac. benedicti as opposed to light-brown/verrucose in the center and pubescent on the white margins by Drac. rastamanoides) and by the differently shaped epichile of the lip (transversely ovoid by Drac. benedictias opposed to pentagonal with rounded corners by Drac. rastamanoides)." Vierling 2020


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 141 Vierling 2020 drawing/photo fide;