Dracula severa (Rchb.f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Eric Hunt

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Photos by Gary Meyer


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Sharp Dracula [refers to the pubescense that arises from points instead of warts]

Flower Size 4" x 10" [10 x 25 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool 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, acute, gradually cuneate into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a stout, horizontal, ascending to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, loose, successively single, several flowered, racemose inflorescence with a tubular, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract and carrying showy, large flowers.

"The peduncle of D severa ascends more than descends. The sepals are narrowly acute and the pubescent is short and fine. As in Dracula chimaera the lip stands erect from the center of the flower inflexibly attached to the column foot." Luer 1993

Synonyms Masdevallia chimaera var. severa (Rchb.f.) H.J.Veitch 1889; *Masdevallia severa Rchb.f. 1875;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;