Dracula verticulosa Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Photo by Colomborquideas

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Refers to forming Small Whorls

Flower Size 3 x 7" [7.5 x 17.5 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a medium 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, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, winter and spring on a stout, erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the slightly cupped flower with rounded seplas, a deep mentum, and long slender tails. Pubescent within, the sepals are suffused with putple brown externally and below the middle within. The slightly concave epichile of the li pis filled with tall, incomplete and irregular lamellae." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo ok; 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 as D verticulosa f alba 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;