Dracula roezlii (Rchb.f.) C.A.Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Common Name Roezl's Dracula [Bohemian Orchid Collector in South America 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2350 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to 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, elliptical, subplicate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a stout, horizontal to descending, to 22" [to 55 cm] long, loose, successively single, several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Dracula roezlii f. rubra (B.S.Williams) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Masdevallia chimaera subvar. rubra (Rchb. f.) Warner & Williams 1887; Masdevallia chimaera var. roezlii A H Kent 1889; Masdevallia chimaera var. winniana (Rchb. f.) H.J. Veitch 1889; *Masdevallia roezlii Rchb.f. 1874; Masdevallia roezlii var. rubra hort. ex Williams 1885; Masdevallia winniana Rchb. f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 as Masdevallia roezlii drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia roezlii drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;