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

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of 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 asingle, 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 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide;