Dracula cochliops Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Cochlipsia Luer 1979

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Common Name The Snail Eyed Dracula [refers to the sepals protruding and resembling the eyes on stalks of snails]

Flower Size 1.6" x 2.4" [4 cm x 6 cm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia on the eastern slopes of the Andes in remnants of cloud forest at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, short, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, 3.2 " to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, lax, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Oqruideologia Vol 13 N0 2 1979 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 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; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 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;