Dracula velutina (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Lip Detail Photo by Gary Meyer and Chad Sarles Dracula Species Database.

Part Shade CoolCold Winter SpringFall

Common Name The Velvety Dracula

Flower Size 1.2" to 2.4" [3 x 6 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia in cloud forests as a small to just medium sized, cold to 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, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on multiple, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] long, successively single, few [2] flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Dracula lactea (Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Dracula microglochin (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978; Dracula trinema (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978; Masdevallia lactea Kraenzl. 1921; Masdevallia microglochin Rchb. f. 1886; Masdevallia trinema Rchb. f. 1886; *Masdevallia velutina Rchb. f. 1875

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 photo fide;

Dracula velutina (Rchb. f.) Luer var. xanthina Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Common Name The Velvety Dracula

Found in Colombia as a cold to cool growing epiphyte that blooms on multiple, 3 to 4" [7,5 to 10 cm] long, few [2] flowered inflorescence occuirng in the spring and summer. This is a rare yellow form of the species.

Synonyms Dracula lactea (Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Dracula microglochin (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978; Dracula trinema (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978; Masdevallia lactea Kraenzl. 1921; Masdevallia microglochin Rchb. f. 1886; Masdevallia trinema Rchb. f. 1886; *Masdevallia velutina Rchb. f. 1875

ReferencesOrchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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