Dracula ripleyana Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Plant and Flower Photo by Gary Meyer and the Dracula Website

Common Name Ripley's Dracula [American Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

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

Found in Costa Rica? as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, 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 conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, more or less horizontal, 3.2 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, loose, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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