Dracula sergioi Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Patricia Harding.

Lip Detail

Photo by Orchi and The Russian Wiki Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Sergio's Dracula [Padre Restrepo - Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and Priest late 1900's]

Flower Size 1.4" [4 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a purple, arising from low on the ramicaul, multibracted, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract and a carrying a downward facing flower.

"The widely spread, flat flowers always face downwards so that the prominent purple stripe along the midvein of the sepals is clearly visible. Within the shortly pubescent surface is dull white suffused with light yellow brown. The minute lip is oblong with only a faint narrowing above the middle where the epichile is acutely deflexed upon the larger hypochile. Only three low lamellae are present in the shallowly concave epichile. The hypochile is thick and broadly cleft. The epichile of the tiny oblong lip is no larger than the hypochile." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide;