Dracula venosa (Rolfe) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Flower Closeup Photo by © Milan Vágner.

Specimen plant

Flower Side View Photo by © Gary Meyer and the Dracula website

Common Name The Veined Dracula

Flower Size .8" x 3.2" [2 x 8 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tuublar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, descending, many bracted, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms *Masdevallia venosa Rolfe 1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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