Dracula bella [Rchb.f.]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

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Plant and Flower Photos by Milan Vagner.

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Common Name The Beautiful Dracula

Flower Size to almost 9" [to almost 22.5 cm]

Found in dense cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a fragrant, small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphytic species with coarse roots and a short leafy stem enveloped by loose basal sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thin coriaceous, elliptic-oblanceolate, acute to obtuse, petiolate base leaf blooms in the winter through spring on a pendulous, short to 7" [17.5 cm] raceme that arises from the base of the pseudobulb and carries a single, nodding flower.

This species benefits from basket culture as the flowers are pendant and will poke out the bottom of the basket.

Synonyms *Masdevallia bella Rchb.f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia bella drawing not # 29 - #25 = D bella fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia bella photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 8 1986 photo; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 1 2000 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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