Dracula spectrum (Rchb.f.) A.Doucette 2012SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Flower Closeup

Photos by © Andreas Phillip

Plant and Flower Photo by © Milan Vágner

Common Name The Wide Dracula

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on a horizontal to descending, loose, 7" [17 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a few distant bracts and a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Dracula lowii (Rolfe) Luer 1978; Dracula platycrater (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978; Masdevallia lowii Rolfe 1890; *Masdevallia platycrater Rchb. f. 1886; *Masdevallia spectrum Rchb.f. 1875

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 s Masdevallia lowii drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 as D platycrater photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 as D platycrater watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as D platycrater photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 as D platycrater photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 as D platycrater drawing fide; AOS Bulletin VOl 63 # 8 1994 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as D platycrater photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 as D platycrater drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 as D platycrater photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 as D platycrater; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as D platycrater photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 as D platycrater drawing/photo fide;