Dracula verticulosa Luer & R. Escobar 1989 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name Refers to forming Small Whorls

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

A medium sized, cool growing epiphyte found in Valle de Cauca Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters 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, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bracts. .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing 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

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