Dracula rojasii N.PelŠez, Buitr.-Delg. & Gary Mey. 2009 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Lip detail

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photos by © Gary Meyer/Daniel Pelaez/TYPE Drawing by Daniel Pelaez The Epidendra Orchid Website

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Common Name Rojas' Dracula [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with short, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, carinate, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, subplicate, acute, gradually narrowing into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a generally descending, maroon to wine red, subverrucose, arising from low on the ramicaul, 5.8 to 6.2" [14.5 to 15.5 cm] long, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with slightly longer to slightly shorter than the pedicel florl bracts.

"Similar to Dracula bella but differs in the semicircular, non transversely dilated epiphile and the interior margin of the petal denticulate and with a rounded outer margin and no bivalves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 26 #1 pg 25. 2009 Drawing/photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;